Though he resists the label of ‘Muslim leader’, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi is the biggest star in Muslim politics today. Turning 50 on May 13, he’s seeking to retain Hyderabad for the fourth time in a row, and is looking to extend the AIMIM footprint, contesting from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, and Kishanganj, Bihar. He spoke to Amarnath K. Menon on the status of Muslims:
Q: Why does India still not have one Muslim leader with pan-India appeal seven decades after Independence?
A. There has been no semblance of political representation for decades even at the municipality or gram