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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 June
Delhi’s Milli Model School celebrating annual day. Jamaat-e Isdlami
Asstt. General Secretary Ejaz Aslam giving away prizes. School manager Er
Zainul Abidin is seen in the middle.
LUCKNOW TO SHOWCASE NAWABI ERA
Lucknow: Qaisar Bagh, the heart of Lucknow is in for a major renovation
work. And if the grandiose plan to renovate it is true, it may get the same look
within a short time as it had during the reign of famous Nawab of Awadh, great
Wajid Ali Shah. The Tourism Department has started work on the project aided by
Lucknow Development Authority which has contributed a substantial sum of RS 14
The two parks near the Qaisar Bagh area known as Raja Ram park and Butler Park
will be known as Qaisar Bagh or Wajid Ali Shah Park. Both these parks will be
renovated as these were before the uprising of 1857 against the British colonial
rule. Even the roads are being given facelift and if everything goes well it
will be a smooth drive on the road for vehicles in once congested area. Parking
will also be provided on one side of the road.
Intec, responsible for renovation work here has got photographs of parks as they
were before 1857. Similar lighting and fountains will be arranged in the parks
as were there during those times.
But as everything comes with a price, the people visiting the parks will have to
shell out a small sum for visiting the parks where entry is free now. But who
refuses to pay for a beautiful thing?
AZAD'S HOUSE TO BE MEMORIAL
Kolkata: In a meeting organized by the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of
Asian Studies, headed by governor Virender Shah on 26 April, it was decided to
renovate the great Maulana's residence at Baliganj area in Kolkata into a
memorial site. The Institute headed by the governor has decided to get the
residence of Maulana vacated where he spent his childhood and his youth. A
considerable part of his active life struggling against the occupation of
British was also spent in the same house.
Member of the Institute and editor of a leading Urdu daily in the megapolis Azad
Hind, Ahmad Saeed Malihabadi said during the meet that Maulana's residence is
important also because he united disgruntled people into one coherent body .
Director of the Institute Dr Mahavir Singh said that it will not be very easy to
get the place vacated as it is under illegal occupation as was the case with
Haveli of Mirza Ghalib in the Old Delhi area in the Capital. And the large place
is not occupied by a single person. A number of people have occupied the place.
BJP LASHES OUT AT SHAHI IMAM
New Delhi: The BJP recently lashed out at Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi,
Syed Ahmad Bukhari for equating destruction of Buddha statues by Taliban in
Afghanistan with the demolition of Babri Masjid by it.
The BJP said the Shahi Imam's statement was anti-national as the two incidents
could not be equated. In a strongly worded statement BJP national secretary and
former Union minister of state Mukhtar Abbas Naqwi termed the Maulana's remarks
as sign of mental bankruptcy.
The BJP leader said that the attempt by the Maulana and some other
fundamentalist groups to give an Islamic cover to the act of vandalism by the
Taliban in Afghanistan was mischievous which would not only destroy human values
but also harm the entire Muslim community.
It should be added that this is the same Mukhtar Abbas who advocated the
demolition of the Babri Masjid and assured his saffron bosses that he intends to
go with his bunch of hoodlums to destroy Babri Masjid before it was demolished.
He is alleged to have participated in the demolition drive too.
DARUL ULOOM FAVOURS MPLB
Deoband: Leading ulema of Darul Uloom, Deoband have favoured the Muslim
Personal Law Board's proposal to set up shari'ah courts all over the country.
Maulana Anzar Shah Kashmiri, a leading alim of the country has favoured the
proposal to set up such courts that will provide solution regarding the personal
issues of the Muslims in the country.
Maulana Shah has said that the setting up of such courts should not be taken as
parallel to courts in the country, but these courts will only assist Muslim in
shar'i issues. He said that setting up of such courts will help in lowering the
pressure on other courts also.
But he has diferred with the MPLB leaders who claimed the dowry un-Islamic. He
said that if a person is forced to borrow money to arrange the dowry, it may be
termed un-Islamic, but if we have money and if it is feared that girl will not
be accepted without it and the parents are forced for it, then giving dowry
cannot be termed un-Islamic.
CONGRESS MINORITY CELLS
New Delhi: Former Maharashtra chief minister and senior Congress leader who
is also the chairman of the Congress Minority Department, Abdurrahman Antule has
written a letter to presidents of all state Congress committees to accord state
minority cells the status of full-fledged minority departments and treat them as
a frontal organization of the party. He has asked them to call the state
presidents of minority cells in all meetings of the state party just like
leaders of other frontal organizations.
Mr Antule, a senior Congress leader, after taking charge of the Congress
Minorities Department as president had requested the party President Mrs. Sonia
Gandhi to raise the participation of state minority cells in the party and
accord them the status of frontal organizations within the party so that
minority issues could be analyzed clearly by the party authorities. The
president has reportedly accepted his plea and has asked the state party
presidents to do as Antule has recommended.
URDU MUST NOT BE NEGLECTED
New Delhi: Mansur Ali Khan, member of the Parliament has criticized the
ministry of information and broadcasting for not inviting All India Urdu
Editor's Council in a meeting to form Media Council. He said that by not
inviting the Council that represents four hundred Urdu newspapers, great
injustice has been done to it. He has made a similar complaint with the Union
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Sushma Swaraj.
URDU IN MADHYA PRADESH
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh has announced to
appoint three thousand Urdu teachers in the state. It should be noted that the
chief minister has been advocating for giving Urdu the second language status in
the state. He has also been vocal for the development of Urdu in the state. The
chief minister has taken some very important steps in this regard. He has also
announced to start the teaching of Urdu from primary classes. The language is
not taught in primary classes now.
JAWED AKHTAR IN NEW ROLE
Mumbai: Well known poet lyricist Jawed Akhtar's new avatar as an anchor
marks the entry of yet another high profile film personality to join the Star
Asked if this was a marketing stunt, Star Gold's head of programming said that
it was not the case. 'Right from the very beginning we knew for certain that the
only person who could do justice to the show with his intelligence and vast
knowledge of the film industry was Jawed saheb' she said.
This unique series-Star gold's new 26-episode Rahein Na Rahein Hum, which takes
the viewers through the making of some of the Indian films that created history,
will be launched shortly.
Speaking at the launch, Akhtar said that he had initially been quite
apprehensive at the thought of having to anchor a series all by himself. I have
been interviewed many a times and have also interviewed people, including the
Prime Minister. However interviewing a prime minister and talking to a huge TV
audience are two different things.
POLICE LOSES CONTROL
Nagina: Cruel treatment by police that had gone to arrest culprits has
surprised even the complainant, Ramu Hardas. A large contingent of police came
to the village, entered half a dozen Muslim houses and destroyed refrigerators,
TV sets, and other electronic appliances in all these houses. It is alleged that
the police also looted a considerably large amount of money. More than three
dozen families have vacated their houses fearing a further actions from the
It is reported that on the night of 5-6 May villagers beat some policemen
presuming them to be thieves. Police registered cases against 19 people. Around
thirty to forty policemen surrounded the village to arrest the culprits. Police
in the fit of rage entered a number of houses of Muslims and beat youths and
looted precious items from the houses and cash amounting to several lakh rupees.
The police didn't spare even the animals and killed more then a dozen rabbits.
STAINS MURDER CASE CONTINUES
Bhubaneshwar: The legal battle in the Graham Stains murder case continues in
court. A prosecution witness in the Staines murder case, Bhakta Marandi,
identified Ravindra Pal alias Dara Singh as a person who led a mob on 22 January
1999 in attacking a vehicle in which Stains with his two children was sleeping
when hoodlums attacked them. The three Stains were set on fire by these
Marandi said the leader of the mob who was tall and slim, held an axe in his
hand. When the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel asked if he could
identify the person from among the thirteen accused standing in the dock, he
pointed at Dara. He also identified another accused Rajat Kumar Das alias Dipu
Das, as a member of the gang that attacked the Stains vehicle.
Marandi said he lived close to the Manoharpura church and was woken up by his
wife who had heard a loud sound. He tried to come out of the house but was
prevented by five people who threatened to kill him. He was forced to retreat,
but through the backyard he went to another house close to the church. On his
way he could see a mob with lathis, torch and red headbands near the Stains
vehicle. He said he saw Dara Singh whom he described as a 'Tall, slim person
with an axe in his hand' was leading the group.
INVOLVE PAK IN TALKS: ANSARI
Srinagar: Senior Hurriyet leader and Ittihadul Muslimeen chairman Moulvi
Muhammad Abbas said that tripartite talks alone can lead to permanent solution
to the Kashmir issue.
Addressing his party workers on 8 May, the Maulana said if durable peace is to
be restored in the trouble torn state, it was imperative to solve the Kashmir
He said Kashmir is a nuclear flash point and if the issue is not solved there
are apprehensions that whole of South Asia will be plunged into war. Maulana
said India should realize that Kashmir is a disputed territory and needs a
Prominent Shia cleric said that despite so-called cease-fire the killing and
other human rights violations continue. He appealed to the world human rights
bodies including Amnesty International to take note of these abuses and
reprimand New Delhi.
AJIT SINGH DUMPS SECULARISM
Saharanpur: All India vice president of Lok Dal has accused Ajit Singh of
fooling the minorities in the state. The former MP and a prominent leader of
Western UP Rashid Masud has also said that he wants only power and is not
interested in Harit Pradesh. Lok Dal has been working for carving out a new
state in UP consisting of several districts in western UP.
Masud who was talking to the media in Saharanpur said that by going into
alliance with a communal party like the BJP Ajit Singh is strengthening the
fascists in the country. He said that it was only chair for which he went into
an alliance with the Congress and had hurt the backward people and the
minorities and now by trying to forge alliance he is not only cheating the
minorities but also endangering the cause of Harit Pradesh.
Ajit Singh, son of the former prime minister Choudhary Charan Singh, has a habit
of hopping from one party to the other. He is not averse to joining any party if
it ensures a seat in the cabinet for him. there are only two MPs of his party in
the Lok Sabh, he and Ameer Alam Khan. And he knows that Khan will not favour his
joining the BJP. But it is only the lure of the power that is bringing him close
to the BJP.