A Conflict Brews: The Bohra Bava Hakimuddin’s Dargah, Burhanpur

Written by Asghar Vasanwala | Published on: July 20, 2017
There may be the germs of a conflict brewing in Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur. This Video shot by the author (Please click https://youtu.be/WLBiMbJiQDk) shows how a politically inspired ‘Hindu group’ is attempting to grab land belonging to the Bohra Dargah in Burhanpur. The attempt is clearly to encroach on Bohra land and build a temple adjacent to the Bohra mausoleum complex of Bava Hakimuddin’s Dargah

In this video, a Hindu group in Burhanpur is in process of laying foundation of a new temple conveniently adjacent to the Bohra mausoleum complex, though the land is part of Bohra administrated area. There are accusations that the present, Syedna Mufaddal has bought friendship with Madhya Pradesh chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP ruling party through large financial contributions to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Even the predecessor, Syedna Burhanuddin, in his quest of getting government recognition and new titles, had reportedly made significant donations to BJP, RSS, VHP and other parties. Leaders such as him have repeatedly tried to project the Bohra Mussalman, as different from Muslim masses. For leaders like Baba Ramdev (and even PM Modi) the Bohras are the “Achhe Musalman” (Good Muslim). This currying of favour  did not work with the mobs of the far right however: neither in the Bombay 1992-1993 violence were Bohris spared nor did they ‘escape’ the marauding hate-mobs in Gujarat 2002.  Mobs have different agendas.
For this political, hate driven Hindutva mob, he who walks like a duck and talks like a duck, is a duck. Those who wear cap, keep beard, wear burqa/Hijab, eat meat are Muslims. In a Hindu or a Jain building, Bohras do have hard time renting or owning apartments in many Indian cities.


Is it not about time that Bohras should tell their leaders they should not become pawn in game of divide and rule plans of any Government?
According to latest news from Burhanpur, the MP High Court has issued a stay order on building of temple. However, when has a stay stopped the majoritarian design? If Bohras are not careful, this issue, like the Babri Masjid -Ram Bhumi, that is now entangled court, will haunt Bohras for decades. Political Hindutvawaadis will not allow Bohras to build there anything; the place will become a no man's land.
Mr. Pravin Togadia of RSS, once advised his followers that if they want any property belonging to Muslims, they should just go and put some board like Shiv Sena, Mandir etc. As soon as such illegal intrusions are ‘converted into disputed properties’, the case will get bogged down in court and the lawyers appearing for the Mob will successfully prolong it for years. The owner will get tired out. He or she will come a begging and settle with the encroachers at a giveaway price. This is the tactics of even the Zionist extremist on Palestinian properties.
The funny thing about this video is that though, at every Bohra gathering and in every Bohra protest, Bohras raise slogans of "Mola Mufaddal Zindabad" , in this public protest, against the encroachment of their land, Syedna Mufaddal's name or word "Mola" is not uttered at all. Instead, Bohras are heard raising slogans like Nara -e-Takbeer and Nara-e-Haidari.
It doesn’t require rocket science to deduce why they are submerging their Bohra identity into a Muslim one!

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are those of the author. Sabrangindia has received the details and the Video from him and is publishing this without indepedent verification.