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Published on Oct 14, 2010
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
The Shahi Imam of the Delhi Jama Masjid, Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari, lost his cool when a Muslim journalist questioned him regarding the Ayodhya verdict during a press conference following which he was thrashed by supporters of the cleric. The journalist later filed an FIR against Bukhari and his supporters at Hazratganj kotwali.
Mohd Abdul Waheed Chisti, a reporter with a local Urdu daily Dastan-e-Awadh, raised a question regarding the ownership of the disputed site before the construction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya.
On this question Chisti was threatened by the Imam.
"Get him out of this conference, Bukhari shouted while accusing the journalist of working against the interests of the Muslims.
The Imam said "chup, gala kat doonga" (Silent, I will chop off your neck). The Imam carrying on his tirade said "yeh personal law board ka bhi agent hai (he is agent of All India Muslim Personal Law Board).
Shouting in anger Bukhari said "kya samajh rakha hai, mard hoon, thik kardonga (What he has thought of himself, I am a man will fix him)".
Bukhari said "tum jaise gadharon ko bardasht nahin karoonga, chup Maulana baith ja, tum jaise is mulk me panap nahin painge" (will not tolerate traitor like you, people like you will not survive in the country).
Bukhari's supporters then thrashed Chisti. People like him will "not be tolerated by Muslims at any cost," the Shahi Imam said.
Earlier referring to High Court verdict in Ayodhya case, Bukhari said the community would not accept it and it would be challenged in the Supreme Court.
He also blasted the Congress of creating confusion in the community over the issue.