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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-51 May 2001
Rehana Undre, chairperson of Mumbaiís Royal Educational Society and
Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan) taking care of Gujarat earthquake children
adopted by the society at Borli Panchtan.
Khan-e-Khananís tomb to be illuminated
N Delhi: The Delhi Tourism Development and Transport Corporation will soon
illuminate the 17th century tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan situated at Mathura road
near Nizamuddin at night.
The majestic tomb with its geometrical paths and symmetrical ground is heritage
site under the purview of the Archeological Survey of India. The monument in red
sand houses the tomb of Abdur Rahim who had the title of Khani-khanan (khan of
the khans) and is well known as a poet. He was the son of Emperor Akbar' s loyal
protector Bairam Khan.
It was the DTTDC head Dr Roshan Lal who last year revived the longstanding
proposal to illuminate the tomb and make it one of the popular tourist spots in
the city. It was only recently that finally the ASI and the central government
tourism department gave it the final nod. While ASI director general Kamal Anand
agreed to the proposal earlier it was the tourism department which provides the
funding for the illumination project.
Work on the illumination project has begun. The ASI has built a boundary wall at
the monument site. The tourism department had sanctioned the funds for the
illumination of the Safdar Jung tomb to the DTTDC. But subsequently the
Safdarjung tomb project was given to another agency and the DTTDC had sought
permission from the department to use the funds to the Rahim Kahn-e-Khanan tomb.
The project is expected to cost Rs one million.
Ministerís resignation not accepted
Patna: Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi refused to accept the resignation of
the minister of state for welfare, Ejazul Haque, who had resigned from his post
after the police action against the Siwan MP Shahabuddin.
The RJD chief, Laloo Prasad Yadav and other senior leaders tried to cajole the
angry minister. Though the minister did not insist on remaining out of the
government after the cajoling from the RJD supremo and non-acceptance of his
resignation from the government, he has shown the vulnerability of the Rabri
government in Bihar. He flayed the police action in Bihar in the House. He also
expressed anger over the fact that a local criminal who had been arrested
recently confessed that he was a regular visitor of Haque's house. The latter
strongly refuted the police claim and charged that they want to tarnish his
image as he is a relative of Shahabuddin.
Amir Khusru remembered
New Delhi: At a time when India and Pakistan continue to remain political
enemies a three-day cultural festival focussing on the great poet Amir Khusru
with participants from across the border may be welcomed as a breath of fresh
Titled Jahan-e-Khusru, the realm of the Heart was held in the city's ancient
Arab Ki Sarai, next to Mughal emperor Humayun's tomb from 23-25 March. The
festival brought artistes from Pakistan, Iran, Tunisia and India together in a
musical treat that bridged boundaries on that night.
The love of great poet Khusru bound different communities in a brief foray into
Mughal times and culture. Conceptualized by eminent filmmaker and artiste
Muzaffar Ali, the festival ended with music and spirits rising to crescendo on
25 march. It was organized by Delhi Tourism and Sahitya Kala Parishad, the apex
body for literature in the country.
The tale set to music was of love and submission, pain and yearning, loss and
hope all translated from Persian by Ali. Pakistani singer Abida Parween held the
audience captive with her music. Other prominent artistes who participated
include Fahimuddin Dagar, Nusrat Hasan, Deepmala Mohan and Loutif Bouchnak.
Amir Khusru is credited with crafting the Indian music instruments Sitar and
Tabla. The great poet was associated with the Mughal durbar and saw several king
come and go.
Shia waqf board in disarray
Lucknow: UP Shia Waqf Board is mired in innumerable controversies since its
inception. Even today a number of accusing fingers are being pointed towards it
for its financial mess. The board despite having a large number of properties
has failed to increase its sources of income. The chairman, Waqar Mahdi Zaidi,
forced by the financial mess decided to act tough in order to bail out the
He ordered to stop payment for the waqf inspectors responsible for collecting
the commission and rents from tenants. But despite his orders salaries were paid
to those people. The chairman has made it known that without taking stringent
measures it is not possible to bail out the ailing board. He has issued a notice
and made it known to board employees that without collecting full commission and
rent from the tenants their salaries will not be paid.
Employees have reacted very strongly over his order and have said that when
several members of the board themselves are not paying the board's commission
how they can collect the commission from others. They have also said that if the
chairman wants to increase the income of the board he will have to give strict
orders to all regional offices of the commission and get complete details from
Human rights activist killed
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has ordered a judicial inquiry into
the brutal killing of senior civil liberties activist Azam Ali in Nalgonda town
by unknown assailants on 18 February. The state home minister strongly condemned
the incident and said that all efforts were being made to nab the culprits.
Azam Ali, general secretary of Nalgonda district unit of Andhra Pradesh Civil
Liberties Committee (APCLC) was killed in Nalgonda town when he was making
preparations for a protest meeting against the murder of state vice president of
the APCLC, Purushottam in Hyderabad in November last year.
According to the police, two unknown persons attacked Azam Ali near Ambedkar
Bhawan when he was making a phone call from a telephone booth. The eyewitnesses
say that the two assailants came on a Hero Honda motorcycle and one of them
barged into the booth and attacked Azam Ali. Ali tried to run away but the
assailants chased him and killed him in broad day light.
The Assembly was rocked by the second brutal killing of a senior civil liberties
activist in the state in the last two months.
Warrant against senior Bukhari
New Delhi: A court in Delhi has issued another non-bailable warrant against
the former imam of the Jama Masjid Delhi, Maulana Abdullah Bukhari. The new
warrant has been issued against the octogenarian Maulana for not being able to
appear in the court on the due date.
Metropolitan magistrate MS Rohaila has ordered the Delhi police to present the
Maulana till 7 July before the court. The SHO of the Jama Masjid police station
said that he could not follow the warrant because the Maulana was admitted in
Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where he was to be operated.
The maulana is accused of having constructed a Wazookhana on the DDA land
without any permit. Though the building was demolished on the government order
but the case was not scrapped. He was issued non-bailable warrant on 20 January
for not being able to appear before the court.
The Maulana is not well for quite a long time and subsequently he appointed his
son Maulana Ahmad Bukhari as the imam of the Jama Masjid.
Let him utter nonsense: Ulama
Deoband: Ulama of Darul Uloom, Deoband have asked Muslims to ignore the
statements of the RSS and its other outfits. They told this while discussing the
new bombshell of RSS chief when he demanded the Muslims to Indianize their
The Maulanas say that now the common people including the Hindu brethren
themselves have understood the heinous program of the RSS and now we don't need
to make statements on this issue.
Muslims being lured for votes
Guwahati: with only a few weeks to go for the assembly polls in Assam,
political parties are busy wooing minorities voters. Muslims are the most
important target of all these parties including the BJP as they form more than
thirty percent of the state population. They are perceived to be a deciding
factor in the formation of the next government in the state.
While the Asom Gana Parishad is hoping to increase its share of minority votes,
the Congress is in the process of forging an understanding with different Muslim
groups in the state. Muslims will play a deciding factor in the formation of the
state government as they are deciding factor in a number of constituencies of
the state. They are a dominating force in more than 40 of the 126 assembly
segments of Assam assembly. These seats are located in Dhubri, Nagaon, Goalpara,
Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Bongaigaon and Mangoldoi constituencies.
In the last assembly elections 10 Muslim candidates won on the AGP tickets. This
time, the figures might come down due to the AGP's stand on Illegal Migrants
Determination by Tribunal Act. The party has been demanding scrapping the Act.
Most Muslims in Assam are of the view that the Act should continue and if it is
scrapped, it might lead to Muslim citizens of Assam getting deported to
Bangladesh. The Congress is supporting this view and this alone has helped the
party considerably to be a strong contender in forthcoming elections.
Jamia staff creates corpus fund for students
New Delhi: In a bid to enable minority and needy students to pursue their
studies without any hitch, the teachers of Jamia Millia Islamia have created a
scholarship fund which is likely to become operational from the forthcoming
The unique fund, as it is the first time the teachers in the university have
joined hands to provide financial assistance to the students, has already been
approved in the Jamia's executive council meeting held last year. The fund is
based on a contribution of Rs 20 each by around 400 teachers of the Jamia every
month. The teachers are reported to have taken up the cause themselves without
any assistance from the government or any of its agencies.
The university provides three kinds of scholarship to the students-merit
scholarship, central scholarship and students aid fund. While the merit
scholarships are granted purely on the basis of merit, the central scholarships
are provided on merit-cum-need basis. The grants of student aid funds are
however entirely need based.
Jamaat organizes two state convention
Araria: A three day-long conference of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Bihar and
Jharkhand region was organized here from 23-25 March. The conference drew more
than ten-thousand people from across the twin states of Jharkhand and Bihar.
Jharkhand was recently carved out of Bihar.
Delegates from across the two states attended the conference. It also drew
people from outside Bihar. A very important aspect of this conference was the
presence of numerous senior leaders of other faiths and communities. Rev. Valson
Thumpo, Swami Agnivesh and several other representatives from Buddhists, Sikhs
and Jains besides senior central leaders of the Jamaat including its Ameer
Maulana Sirajul Hasan.
During the whole three day conference this north Bihar city that lies on the
Indo-Nepal border drew a number of locals in it. Jamaat has a very good cadre
based presence in the area.
Husainiya is century-Old
Hapur: Madrasa Gulzar-e-Husainiya recently completed its hundred years of
existence. Madrasa has decided to organize its centennial celebrations in a big
way. The Madrasa organized a seminar on 6 April on this occasion. The seminar
was attended by a number of Muslim leaders including Zafar Saifullah and Maulana
Mujahidul Islam Qasimi besides Maulana Abdullah Abbas Nadwi.
Mujahidul Islam Qasimi while speaking on the occasion said that the need of the
hour is to equip our children with technical education. He said that now the
time has passed when merely formal education was thought to be a big thing. The
Maulana added that without technical education we will be left behind in the
race of development. Other speakers in the seminar included Zafar Saifullah,
Prof. Akhtarul Wase, Dr Farooq, Maulana Sajjad Nomani and Kamal Farooqi.