India’s modern political history is malleable—distorted by those ascending the electoral ladder to suit their narrative. It shouldn’t surprise that the AIMIM is economical with historical facts too. As Asaduddin Owaisi’s party began expanding its footprint beyond the Old City of Hyderabad, a taint persistently hurled at it was that it was born out of a Muslim supremacist, violently anti-Hindu, pro-Pakistan movement. Owaisi, who inherited the party in 2008 from his father, the late six-term MP Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, thought it fit to hyphenate his party from the old Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (MIM) that his grandfather, Abdul Wahed Owaisi, had received as an unusual bequest from the notorious Syed Qasim Razvi before the latter migrated to Pakistan. Abdul Wahed took over in 1958, revived it after a decade of inactivity caused by Razvi’s incarceration following the Indian army’s Operation Polo (September 1948) that paved the way for Hyderabad’s annexation to the Indian Union.
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