Sunday, March 24, 2019

Who is the REAL Yogi Adityanath Beyond the Prejudiced Media Narrative?

For last 35 years, Yasin Ansari has been working hard on construction inside the Gorakhnath Temple.  He has not just been supervising each aspect of the construction work inside the temple but also keeping accounts of the expenses.

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Known as “Chhote Maharaj”, Yogi Adityanath – the new UP Chief minister – is anything but communal in his dealings and working.  In fact, a lot of shops in the temple precincts are owned and run by Muslims.  Something that very few Waqf properties can boast of!  In fact, one such shop owner had this to say about the poster-boy of Communal hatred in the MSM – Mainstream Media.

“For the last 35 years, I’ve been running a shop at the temple. I’ve never felt any disrespect or discrimination on the part of Yogiji. He’s a real saint,” said Azizunnisa.

The famous temple – of which Yogi Adityanath has been the main Mahant (Priest) has been a picture of communal harmony for years now.  How many mosques or churches can boast of such intermingling of communities inside the temple workings is anybody’s guess.

“There are any more Muslim families inside the temple who earn and live fearlessly,” said Mohammad Mutaqim, who has been running a bangle shop in the temple for the last 20 years. Yasin said that his father’s elder brother had come to the temple during the priesthood of Mahant Digvijaynath, and the temple kitchen was his responsibility. “My mother-inlaw, Hamida Begum, was supervisor of the kitchen and my father-in-law was a gardener. I was the temple cashier from 1977-83. Since 1984, I’ve been the temple’s construction supervisor,” said Ansari.

The engineer who first started working on Gorakhnath temple and all the associated temples like Sadhna Bhawan, Yatri Niwas, Hindu Sevashram, shops of the temple, new building of Gorakhnath hospital, Sanskriti Vidyalaya, Radha Krishna Mandir, Shankar Mandir, Vishnu Mandir, Hanuman Mandir and others is also a Muslim – Nisar Ahmed.  He later became the Principal of Maharana Pratap Polytechnic.  He is now retired.

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Some more examples have been shared by a friend.

  • Janata darbar is held in the Math daily for 2 hrs. Local people bring their problems, regardless of their caste and religious affiliation. Majority are Muslims.  All it takes to solve those problems is a letter from the Math, no need even for a reminder.
  • When a mosque was taken over by a group of Muslims, while the government was hesitating to get involved, management of the mosque approached the Math for help. As soon as the squatter received a letter from the Math demolished the walls he had built within 40 minutes. Further, he paid Rs 70,000 to the mosque management towards compensation. That squatter was a supporter of Azam Khan.
  • Shamsher Alam, whose surgery Yogi had paid for, says “we don’t care who the chief minister is, all we care about is what the Math tells us.
  • When asked why he won’t approach Azam Khan and seek the help of the Math, for the recommendation that he needs for being included in the Haj list, Choudhary Kaiful Varak says “Azam Khan is a thief, it is Yogi Maharaj that we care about”.
  • A large number (35%) of the employees of the Math are Muslim. Other Muslims in the area hold Yogi Adityanath in high regard. That is why they took out a rally condemning the false stories that the dishonest media have been spreading.

One may say that these remarks and anecdotes have been part of a newsreport – as rare as such reports are – so maybe we need some more evidence.  Let us therefore, now look at tweets of a Nuclear Engineer who now lives in Boston, MA in the US who happened to be Yogi Adityanath’s neighbor.