By Rafi Adeen, Contributing Editor, The Rahnuma Daily (therahnuma.com)
(RAHNUMA) At a time when the nation is facing a major escalation with rival China, instead of uniting Indians, News18 anchor Amish Devgan is further weakening and dividing it.
In an absolutely insane, senseless, hate-filled, hostile rant, the Indian anchor insulted the most revered Indian Muslim Sage for the past 808 years, before whom Indian Kings, Queens, Emperors, Maharajas, Nawabs and Nizams, ordinary men and paupers all bowed in humility, seeking God’s grace.
The venerable Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Ajmeri was a Monist Sufi Sage and direct paternal descendant of the eleventh Imam Hasan Al-Askari (d. 874). His composite teachings pointed towards a concept of the world in which not only the fixed religious boundaries of today but also the rigid separation of the soul from matter were not even conceivable.
In a recent TV debate aired on June 16, Devgan grossly maligned on Indian national television the 12th-century Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti also known as Hazrat Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz of Ajmer Sharif. Devgan referred to him as an ‘invader’ and ‘robber’, boldly repeating this slander on the Sage, shouting “Invader Chishti came, Invader Chishti came…Robber Chishti came and the conversion started,” he was seen yelling during this filthy segment of his TV show.
In an instant, his comments went viral and over 200 million Muslims all over India became united in their resolve to see an end to Islamophobia in India.
“This pain we have just felt is the start of a new chapter in Indian history, which will see the demise of these hatemongers and their entire network,” said one prominent community member who asked his name be concealed.
‘Devgan’s comments have devastated the sentiments of tens of millions of Indian Muslims from all sects’, said a Shia Muslim, ‘yet why are the elected officials silent?’
According to unconfirmed reports, tens of thousands of followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti from different cities throughout India are filing legal notices and FIRs against the allegedly bigotted television news anchor for making the hurtful comments about the Saint.
The Cheif Custodians of Dergah Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi, Sajjada Nashin Syed Ajmal Nizami, and Sajjada Nashin Syed Arshad Nizami, Advocate Delhi High Court has issued a legal notice to the anchor demanding a public apology and refraining from making such baseless, false and blasphemous remarks in future.
Speaking to the correspondence of The Rahnuma Daily, Ajmal Nizami has articulated his disappointment on the offensive remarks made by Devgan and said; “Khaja Gareeb Nawaz is the Brightest Muslim personality in the subcontinent we live in, he is believed and revered as the greatest symbol of love and compassion beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, religion, and color. India stands as a spiritual capital for many in many terms, If such a high personality is being targetted in today’s India then this is very disgraceful.”
Sajjada Nashin Syed Arshad Nizami, Advocate Delhi High Court, who served the legal notice has said, ” We have served Devgan with a legal notice, his remarks had hurt the followers of the most celebrated Indian Sufi saint who has been a blessing to this nation and the world for long.
He continued, Devgan had wrongly quoted and blasphemously commented on this Noble personality, Sending a Legal notice to him was important so that he may apologies and would not dare to repeat this sacrilegious engagement again. If it wasn’t this pandemic and the lockdown in which we support the government, we would have definitely had demonstrated protests and agitations against News 18 anchor Devgan’s irresponsible shameful statements.
Rafi Adeen is a Contributing Editor for The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper. Established in 1921, ReDD is ranked by the INA (Indian Newspaper Association) as among the top five most widely circulated Urdu newspapers in India. He can be contacted at email@example.com