<html><head><link href="../../Styles/global.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet"> <link href="../../Images/favicon.ico" rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon"><meta name="Keywords" content="Election campaign posters in Urdu to woo Muslim voters in north India (April-May 2009).elections, Congress, BJP, BSP, Delhi, Urdu, Muslims, India" /><title>Election Campaign 2009</title></head><body style="background-color:#cccccc" topMargin=0 ><div align="Center"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="6" width="100%" style="background-color:#ffffff"><tr><td style="background-color:#cccccc;font-size:12px;font-family:Verdana;" align="center"> <a href="http://www.tasveergharindia.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#000000;">Tasveer Ghar: A Digital Archive of South Asian Popular Visual Culture</a></td></tr><tr><td align="center" ><p><span style="color: rgb(255,102,0)"><span style="font-size: larger"><strong><span style="font-size: large"><span style="font-family: Arial">Election Campaign 2009</span></span></strong></span></span></p></td></tr><tr><td align="center" > <p>How to woo Indian Muslims to vote for you</p></td></tr><tr><td align="center" class="essaysubtitle"> Yousuf Saeed</td></tr><tr><td><table width="850" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=1><img width="162" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="/cmsdesk/userfiles/image/elect02x.jpg" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=1> Fig.01</a></td></tr></table></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">16 May, 2009<br /> The Lok Sabha elections of 2009 to select India's central government are finally over, and the results are out. Some analysts have pointed out that the Muslims of north India were one of the important deciding factors for the success or defeat of the different parties (see the links at the bottom). If one observed the Urdu newspapers in north India, one could easily see how different parties and candidates tried to attract the attention of Muslim voters by engaging them on a number of issues from development and employment to terrorism and communalism.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">While Congress and its allies have emerged once again&nbsp;to form the government, one can see how they and the other parties didn't leave any stone unturned to present a favourable image of themselves, while painting their opponents as the worst enemies of the Muslims. Interestingly, many of these advertisements have bylines not of the main parties they represent. Rather, these have been issued by hitherto unknown organizations and NGOs of local Muslims, and in some cases, religious clergy or even the keepers of local Sufi shrines, who have a great following among the Muslims. While this is not the first time that Muslim religious leaders have participated in the campaign for political parties, but they have certainly come out more openly this time, often using the iconography of their religious authority.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">We present a few examples of such campaign advertisements from some newspapers published in Delhi in the last few weeks.</span></span></p> <table width="200" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=2><img width="200" height="169" alt="" src="/cmsdesk/userfiles/image/bjp2x.jpg" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=2> Fig.02</a></td></tr></table></td> <td><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=3><img width="200" height="169" alt="" src="/cmsdesk/userfiles/image/bsp3x.jpg" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=3> Fig.03</a></td></tr></table></td> <td><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=4><img width="260" height="193" alt="" src="/cmsdesk/userfiles/image/ajmerx.jpg" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=4> Fig.04</a></td></tr></table></td> <td><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=5><img width="194" height="200" alt="Development of minorities" src="/cmsdesk/userfiles/image/cong-muslimx.jpg" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=49&EId=49&ImageId=5> Fig.05</a></td></tr></table></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><strong>See some interesting related links below:</strong></span></span></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ibnlive.in.com/news/bjp-leader-lists-error-didnt-woo-muslims/92827-37.html"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">BJP leader lists error: didn't woo Muslims</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/politics/scramble-for-muslim-votes-in-uttar-pradesh_100185595.html"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Scramble for Muslim votes in Uttar Pradesh<br /> </span></span></a><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><br /> </span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/04/24/holding-back-the-religion-card-in-indias-election-campaign/"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Holding back the &ldquo;religion card&rdquo; in India&rsquo;s election campaign</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hindu.com/2009/05/13/stories/2009051357050100.htm"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Muslim vote key in final U.P. phase</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P2-7835802.html"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">India's ruling party courts Muslim voters</span></span></a><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><br /> <br /> </span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://news.indiamart.com/news-analysis/mosque-temple-contro-1482.html"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Mosque-temple controversy: Wooing Muslim voters</span></span></a><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><br /> </span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-24959.html"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><br /> Congress brings in Maulana Bukhari to woo Muslims</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/2004/16-31Mar04-Print-Edition/1603200437.htm"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Indian Muslims and Lok Sabha elections (by Asghar Ali Engineer)<br /> </span></span></a><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><br /> </span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.thehindu.com/elections2009/?p=1794"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Five myths about the Muslim vote</span></span></a><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><br /> <br /> </span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://news.in.msn.com/national/indiaelections2009/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3009510"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Muslim vote is a positive vote this time, claims BJP leader<br /> </span></span></a><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana"><br /> </span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/SP-goes-into-overdrive-to-woo-Muslims-Kalyan-waits/430238/"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">SP goes into overdrive to woo Muslims, Kalyan waits</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://lkadvani.in/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=1491"><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">&quot;Why should Indian Muslims vote BJP?&quot;</span></span></a></p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Related Visual Essay:</span></span><a href="http://www.tasveerghar.net/cmsdesk/essay/78/"><br /> </a></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px"><a href="http://www.tasveerghar.net/cmsdesk/essay/78/"><span style="font-family: Verdana">This is What They Look Like</span></a></span></strong><span style="font-size: 14px"><a href="http://www.tasveerghar.net/cmsdesk/essay/78/"><span style="font-family: Verdana">: Stereotypes of Muslim Piety in Calendar Art and Hindi Cinema</span></a><span style="font-family: Verdana"> (by Yousuf Saeed)</span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p></td></tr></table><table style="width:850px"><tr><td><a href="../../authors/Yousuf_Saeed.html" class="navigation-a" style="color:#000000;">About the Author </a> </td><td align="right"><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:12px;color:#000000;">Select Page</span><select id="cmbPages" class="text-box" onchange="javascript:openPage();"> <option value="1">1</option></select> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">function openPage(){ var i = document.getElementById('cmbPages').value; 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