Syed Ahmed Bukhari, stop mixing religion and politics

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.

95 thoughts on “Syed Ahmed Bukhari, stop mixing religion and politics


    You are really mind boggling.Your thoughts are pertinent and sharp,addressing the issue from core of the heart. The matter, which unfortunately, Imam Bukhari thinks a simple political issue and has a right to declare like the way he does, is very serious and tantamount to abuse to the person so loved and respected in whole country. He is trying to alienate muslims from main stream. It is now upto the broader muslim society to think, whether such type of religious leaders have any major role to play in deciding their fate in India?

  2. D C Sharma

    Muslims of India will never support his views. We are all Indians first and the PM of the nation is the PM of all and deserves high respect. Such people just know one thing, Politics.

  3. Sachin

    Dear Sir,

    You are also requested to have an article on the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi where none of the Modi Govt. leaders paid homage. Irrespective of party, this is the responsibility of every government to give due respect to the earlier PM of the country who give her life serving the country. When a protocol demands due respect to a certain leader, you can have a pick and choose policy.

  4. Poonam solanki

    This is a serious issue. Not only has he disrespected Indian PM but has also shown his respect and love for PM of Pakistan. Are people being killed at border not Muslims?

  5. Shikhar verma

    Pakistan is firing at border and Nawaz Sharif is responsible for this. Then how can he be considered as lovable for Indian Muslims. This is all just to gain attention in name of Modi.

  6. Prem Shankar

    Better shift to some other country Mr Bukhari as Indians no longer support such kind of thoughts.
    We know what we need and that is not someone like you.

  7. gop kumar

    It’s surprising that in the name of communal tension police is inactive. If such be the case then everyone would resort to this tactic. While the judicial proceedings keep moving entire media and all political parties keep defaming Mr PM. Should this not be treated contempt of Court.

  8. Sanjay Mehta

    Indian PM should not react at all because this is done to get ttention of media and Muslims. I prefer Muslims should boycott this person.

  9. Venki

    Dear Dr Gupta – I must say, your points do make sense most of the time – this is my opinion in my personal capacity.. Keep this going.

  10. Jahidul Islam

    you are commenting on such issue where you have no proper & right knowledge. islam is the only Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala gifted solution for mankind. but maximum human being are guided by their man-made solution. what would be the duties & responsibilities of indian muslims those are defined by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, not by you. religion and politics are the essential parts of islamic system. there is no chance to split religion from politics. this types of word only uttered by those peoples whose religion have no political solution. but islam is different because it has all out solutions which are too humanitarian and too easy. in absence of taking right political solutions from islam not only indian muslims but also all over the muslim world as well as the peoples of different religions are suffering. i think you know it. human being made laws which he thinks fit for him, not for others though he tries to briefing people that he has great sympathy for them. all human beings are weak, biased and has no right information about future. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is free from any types of lacking. if you want real peace establishing in the world then comes towards the shade of islam. if not possible this, just support the islamic system at least, not to make yourself as an opponent.

  11. Piyush Goyal

    News channels are I think favoring Indian Prime Minister on this issue as far as I saw some reports. And they should continue doing this.

  12. Daulat Jain

    I think even opposition parties are also not supporting this person,
    but they are generating publicity by raising the issue of 2002 again.
    What about Godhra then?

  13. Yasmin Gupta

    Jama Masjid is not his private property hence he should be stopped from doing something that disrespects the Prime Minister of India.
    PM is chosen by public not Imams.

  14. Deepali

    Imams should know that should promote religion and not politics.
    I respect him as far as he educates on God but not when he meddles with politics of India.

  15. Shekhar Suman

    Ages old politics repeated again. Stop even talking about this.
    They deserve least attention. After all every one voted for Narendra Modi. He is the leader of the mass.

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