Ajmer: Now-a-days, detest has been monotonous by some ‘fringe’ groups in Rajasthan. Targeting the famous Ajmer shrine and Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti with derogatory remarks, by Shiv Sena Hindustan, a religious-turned-political outfit active in the state, led to chaos. The custodians of Dargah Ajmer Sharif filed a complaint against the organisation on December 22 and demanded an immediate ban on the group.
The general secretary of Shiv Sena Hindustan Lakhan Singh claims that a Hindu temple used to exist at the site of the dargah and we need volunteers to initiate a campaign seeking Hindu support for demolishing the centuries-old shrine.
In India, the dargha is considered to be the synchronizing path of various religious people thronging to the shrine of ‘Gharib Nawaz’, patron saint of the poor. On december 22, the Khuddam-e-Khwaja community and Chishty Foundation of Ajmer Dargah organised a protest march while the Gaddi Nashin of Ajmer Sharif Dargah and chairman of the Chishty Foundation Syed Salman Chishty said that hundreds of khadims took to the streets and protested peacefully.
In recent headlines, the Shiv Sena Hindustan had staged a violent protest near the Udaipur court premises in support of Shambhulal Regar who is accused of Afrazul’s murder.
A delegation of Khadims led by Syed Salman Chishty, including Syed Sarwar Chishty, Syed Ghulam Chishty, Syed Amin Miya Chishty, Syed Gohar Chishty and Syed Fakri Moin Chishty, met officials of the district administration and presented a memorandum on the safety of the dargah and maintenance of peace and harmony in the city. The Khadims of the dargah say that since 800 years shrine has been a unity symbol for hindu-muslim and now this is the first time that any group has tried to mobilise Hindus against the dargah. The Shiv Sena Hindustan has no affiliation with main stream Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
Salman chisty says that “We called the Shiv Sena office in Mumbai and made them aware of the issue. The party outrightly rejected any links with the Shiv Sena Hindustan and also expressed concerns over such confusion and its ramifications. It is extremely unfortunate to see that such voices are surfacing and the political establishment in the state is silent. Political parties including the ruling BJP offer their warm greetings to Khawaja Sahab and seek his blessings, but on the other hand, they are unable to deal with these fringe groups and chisty foundation too wants to ban these groups.”
Salman chisty being very assertive confessed that he too is against all these communal spreading groups and he also condemned to the murder of Afrazul in rajsamand and he asserted that such videos do not represent the views of the entire Muslim community, nor does the dargah endorse them. “How could one disrespect the dargah on the basis of a viral video using an official platform?” is what he questioned. Lastly he appealed to the youth that not to let this group succeed in their goal of painting Khwaja Ajmeri’s name with a single communal colour. The khadims says that the present government has failed to deliver its developmental promises and apart from development some other chaos is been cooked up.
According to khadims, as polls of Lok Sabha seat and assembly seats are due in the Ajmer constituency, the fringe groups and political parties are trying to deflect the attention of common people and traders from the real issues and unfortunately, and the ruling party is ignoring this fact for its own political mileage. Apart from this Khuddam-e-Khwaja community fears that if the situation is left unchecked, it could trigger widespread communal disharmony and severely damage law and order, affecting peace, cultural tourism and pilgrimage in the state.
Sources : The Wire