I am writing not because I wanted a supervisor of the property of the Waqf Board, the Shahi Imam, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, to invite the flag-bearer of India in the ceremony that would see yet another appointment for the position of ‘successor to Shahi Imam’, but because the ‘politics’ involved herein is not what that the Indians thought of while voting in the 2014 general polls or legislative polls in Maharashtra and Haryana. Isn’t it very obvious that to run your political career in a country like India, you just need to either blindly support one religion or suppress some other community without reasons? So, ‘conflict of interests’ with one or the other religions is what you need to relish the fruits of ‘power’. To be a community leader, just drive back a politician who does not biasedly favor yours. Then ask your community to favor the leader who promises biased courtesies for your religion, and this goes on and on. We thought this would end with the subject-matter of development and inclusiveness, but some people rarely learn.
Honorable Delhi Court, in one of the cases against Syed Ahmed Bukhari, said, ‘It is very surprising and shocking to see the police force not able to execute the NBW issued against Bukhari. Such inaction against Bukhari is intolerable.’ This came because Delhi Police has been for years not able to arrest the accused, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, citing communal tension- Politics herein too. Let me tell you that an ‘Imam’ is an Islamic leadership position and the person entitled shall lead worship services and provide religious guidance. In case you are confused as to what the current Shahi Imam aimed at while promoting SP in the UP legislative polls and Congress in the recent general polls, try finding lessons on politics in religion and religion in politics. The main mosque of India, Jama Masjid, is the property of the Waqf Board and Imam Bukhari is just an employee of the Board, as ruled by the honorable Delhi High Court. And when Imam is all set to pass on the baton to the new generation, I believe that at least a respect was expected for the topmost position holder in the democratic republic of India.
But the Shahi Imam did not consider his words twice when he urged that the present PM is anti-Muslim and is responsible for riots, hence he cannot be invited to attend the ceremony at Jama Masjid on November 22. In the era, when the current rulers of India are putting all labors for inclusive growth, such cases tell that we can hardly overcome the bitterness of communal gap. Alleging the PM liable for massacre of Muslims, did the Imam notice what this message means to the people of this community, living not only in India, but even in other countries? Interestingly, the son-in-law of Syed Bukhari was an MLC of Samajwadi Party, who resigned when Bukhari accused Mulayam Singh Yadav for being unfavorable to Muslims. The Imam, shouldn’t we believe, has more to do with politics than religion? Then for this sake should he have not respected the peers? And when he says that the entire Muslim community is unsupportive to the PM, I wonder who casted the votes in Gujarat and general elections when the BJP secured seats in even Muslim-majority constituencies? For sake of power, please stop mingling religion and politics, else I am sorry we will have no other option than to look beyond religion.
To the news houses, yet another ‘hot topic’ has emerged for prime time debates. The leaders, from each side, are justifying their stands; however no gain is being secured by the country. Aiming for cleaner Ganga, financial inclusiveness, bettered industrial sector and such other constructive goals, the Indian PM, I believe, should pay least heed to matters that are initiated with the intent of gaining communal appreciation and nothing more. To some extent, religion and politics have been separated from one other by the Indian voters in the recent polls; however much more of such verdicts are needed for complete parting. Asking for Modi’s apology, who has been adjudged blameless by the SIT, on what happened in the state of Gujarat in 2002, the religious leader must, prior to anything else, co-operate with the police and the Court for the case pending in his name. To news houses- Indians’ aspirations have taken a shift and so is much-needed from you all in case we want the youth to witness a prosperous tomorrow. To general public- Our religious sentiments do not run the economy, a capable administrator does this job; hence your support for the right is sought for.
Lastly, to the person; who disrespected the democratically elected Prime Minister of India, a leader holding primary constitutional position; India and Indians’ would not raise the value of any such misdeeds, and to promote your political and religious career, better shift to a place wherein the citizens approve such detrimental views. It is clear that the political acceptance within your community, your father Abdullah Bukhari, carried when he managed to mobilize people to vote out Congress government of Indira Gandhi, lacks in you, but for the same, India cannot allow you to burn the fire of communal hatred or to disrepute a leader chosen by the mass. No right to freedom of speech can tolerate this.