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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 April 2001
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Govt depriving minorities of education:
Aligarh: Addressing a meeting on War against communalism organized by All
India Students Federation in the Faculty of Arts of Aligarh Muslim University,
eminent historian Prof Irfan Habib said that the central government is
conspiring to deprive the minorities of education by distorting history and it
is trying to spread communalism by adding religious matters in history books and
teaching the students only about one religion. He said that Babri Masjid
incident has not brought any credit to the country but it had spoilt its image.
To equate the Rath Yatra of Home Minister LK Advani during Babri conflict with
Dandi March is a matter of shame, he added. The country is passing through
critical period. So it is the responsibility of the youths to remain vigilant
and fight against communalism. He blamed the central government for being
communal-minded as it had omitted lot of Muslim names from voters list and had
enacted Poto to fuel communalism.
Political parties dividing Muslims: Basir Ahmad
New Delhi: The so-called secular parties are dividing Muslims in the name of
fraternity and caste which is causing great damage to communal unity. These
views were expresses by Dr Basir Ahmad, national president of Insaf Party at a
public meeting in Mustafabad. He said that Muslims should be politically united
and take part in the government, because only political parties rule over a
democratic country. He further said that all the parties are using Muslims as
their vote bank and their number in government services and educational
institutions is very small and no attention is paid to this aspect.
D.U. seminar on Prof Fariq
New Delhi: A one-day seminar was held on 14 March on the literary services
of prominent Arabic litterateur Prof Khurshid Ahmad Fariq at the Department of
Arabic of Delhi University. Syrian ambassador Dr Mohsin Al-Khair inaugurated the
seminar and shed light on the importance of Arabic language and its genuineness.
Syed Shahid Hasan Mehdi, VC of Jamia Millia Islamia in his presidential address
highlighted some important qualities of Arabic language. Dr Shariful Hasan Qasmi,
dean of the Faculty of Arts threw light on some aspects of Dr Fariq. Various
treatises were read on the occasion. The former head of the Department of Arabic
of Delhi University Dr Khurshid Ahmad Fariq died on 6 November last year.
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