|MG: rising popularity
It delights me no end to note the rising popularity of MG amongst the
discerning readers. How do I know it ? I've been getting e-mails from
those who log on to it and read my columns in it. I remain a firm believer
that we must not be found failing the demands of the electronic age but
keep pace with it. MG on the net is doing precisely that.
You can't imagine how great and taxing a demand there is, since Agra, on
my time and energy. But I'm happy; at least people are reading, and that's
[ex-Pakistan ambassador], Canada
Thanks for your consistent work in the field of Muslim journalism. Only
wish that the general Muslim body would respond with more zeal. Whatever
the result, we have chosen our path.
Mansour Ansari, Atlanta, USA
This morning I received your esteemed journal, The Milli Gazette. It was a
very pleasant surprise for me to have received such a precious journal –
out of the blue, so to speak. I went through it meticulously, and I must
congratulate you on an excellent and superb newspaper. The articles on
Islam are terrific indeed, and, with your kind permission I would like to
reproduce them in Al-Balaagh.
A.S.K. Joommal Editor, Al-Balaagh
P.O. Box 1925, Lenasia 1820, South Africa
I have read with interest and pleasure the translation of my Urdu column.
Please congratulate the translator for retaining to a large extent the
flavor of the original. If I knew his identity, I would have written to
him personally. Well-done.
Saeed Suhrawardy, New Delhi
Editor: The translation was done by MG
editorial staff member Mr NA Ansari!
I have been reading your newspaper for a while now and find it very
useful. I am interested to do some research on Indian Muslims.
John Auster, Sussex, UK
Tamil Nadu: beg to differ
Your highlighted item on the first page of your latest issue pertaining to
removal of TN Governor, Mohtarma Fatima Beevi, I beg to disagree with your
views. Notwithstanding the intention behind her removal, one thing which
stands out as an act of gross indiscretion is her haste in appointing Ms
Jayalalita within minutes of her submission of claim for the Chief
Ministership of the state. The least she could have done in the matter was
to refer it to the president who in turn would have consulted Supreme
Court. To say that there is nothing in the constitution against criminals'
claim to the high electoral office is to betray the lack of common sense,
let alone wise judgement for which governors are appointed. This, in the
face of a very wise, principled and brave stand taken by the Election
Commission in debarring her from contesting election on account of her
being a convict in more than one case. Appeal against conviction does not
alter the position till it is disposed off in favour of the person and
sentence set aside. Suspension of sentence is not the same as acquittal.
I am surprised that a periodical of your standard should take up a hopless
case, despite the lame excuse used by the government who should have
monitored the situation at the time of election results in the state just
to ensure that letter of law does not supercede the spirit which is what a
Judge is supposed to ensure. She being the luminary of law should not have
taken shelter behind the faulty excuse of constitution being silent on the
subject. If letter of law is final then why have lawyers and judges. Any
literate person can read the law and rule!
Yours being a paper dedicated to the cause of Muslims and Islam should be
more careful in safeguarding against the possible charge of being
The content of your publication are so one sided. Here are some facts for
1. The % of Muslims in India has grown from 11.5% in 1947 to 15% today.
Conversely, [Pakistan] Hindus constituted 14% of population in 1947, now
they are less than 1%. They have been driven out by Muslims.
2. Many important positions over the years in India have been held by
Muslims. No Hindu name appears in Pakistan when it comes to high
3. Do you hear any Hindu names among terrorists? But you do find many
4. How come Muslims are quarreling with every other religion in the world?
So, who is persecuting whom? Get the facts straight. Do not spread lies
Anil Kalke email@example.com
Does it require a top class CIA-type intelligence to detect the Chanakya
mind working behind Gadar aiming at the re-creation of enmity between two
minorities in our already strife-torn land? Do they intend to turn our 'Janma-bhoomi'
into a total 'Jahannam-bhoomi?'
Ibn-e-Umar , Bharuch
In a multi-crore film industry with its 75-year long expertise in gauging
public mood and packaging a product to make fortunes, it is not difficult
to predict what will hurt the sensibilities of the people. Even the
Censors know all about it. In commercial and political terms of trade, it
is all deliberate. Gadar’s producer Keni is feigning ignorance when he
so innocently says he is clue-less about what is offensive in the film.
Both Dilip Kumar and Shabana Azmi who had most vehemently defended
‘fire’ and ‘water’, are silent because they are aware that it is
their own liberal group of script writers who are deliberately stoking
communal fires on both sides of the communal divide, by strategically
targeting their own brand of ‘social reforms’ on the hard-liners in
both Hindu as well as Muslim religious communities. Film industry has its
own unwritten but widely respected list of do’s and don’ts. These
so-called liberals are deliberately challenging the taboos to make both, a
statement and a chance to make fast buck. They are not afraid if it causes
country-wide law and order problems and results in dangerous polarization
in the nation. In fact, they plan for it. After all it is all part of the
revolution that they are all along dreaming. It is time such nefarious
disruptive activities are fully exposed and the real culprits, however
high or ‘respectable’, are brought to justice in people’s court, as
their target is the very unity and integrity of our nation itself.
Ghulam Muhammad, Mumbai 400050
Unless and until they stop fooling their masses through lying and showing
occupation as self-rule, puppet rulers as popular leaders, defence as
aggression, fight for freedom as terrorism and vice versa, the Almighty
God who likes only the truth and justice and who favours neither Amar nor
Akbar nor Anthony wrongfully will never make it possible for the selfish
masses to live in peace anywhere in the world.
Sultan A Patel Khanpur Deh 392 150
In full sinc
Mr. Nayar is a beacon of hope for democracy and secularism in India. I
havebeen following his writings for quite a while and had the opportunity
to meetwith him in Dallas, Texas about a few years ago and have come to
respect forthis outrightness.
I am in full sync with his ideas, in fact, I sent the following message to
over1500 Muslims and Muslim Organizations around the globe. It is really
time forMuslims in general and Indian Muslims in particular to condemn the
ill acts of groups, who commit those crimes in the name of Islam. Indian
Muslims mustbecome vociferous in condemning those acts, then the world,
the Hindu brothers that we live with feel that we are all in the same boat
- i.e., wanting peaceand prosperity for all, and we are all together in
condemning the fascism and fanaticism.
Mike Ghouse (US) MikeGhouse@aol.com
Open letter to Mr Kuldip Nayar
Dear Kuldip Nayar Saheb, Adaab
I refer to your article ‘Why Muslims are silent on Kashmir or
Before I take issue with some of your exhortations and presumptions, I
must clarify that I hold you personally in highest esteem and have been
most appreciative of your relentless efforts to solve the communal problem
in the subcontinent. Your sincerity remains above question. And you have
been persistent in your stand for fairly long time to think that your
positions on secularism, Indian nationalism, Kashmir or Pakistan, has any
I will take issue with the title of the article itself: Why Muslims are
silent on Kashmir or Pakistan? Being in media, you are not unaware, how
Muslim voices are silenced. ‘Muslims’ are noticed and projected only
when they are needed to support certain points of view that any given time
are on the top of the media campaign. Otherwise, their existence, at least
during the 40 year long Congress regime, was only needed to garner their
votes. Neither the grass-root millions nor even intellectuals including
Ulama have any continued presence in affairs of the state at all or any
level, nor covered by the media.
The state and establishment not only has targeted and weakened Muslim
community deliberately with a silent ongoing conspiracy to ghettoize the
community and strip them of any economic, political or social power.
Muslims are out of reckoning in employment, businesses, industry,
agriculture, education. Their economic progress is targeted deliberately
by staging communal riots, even or specially by the ‘secular’
Congress, under the overwhelming influence of old classic Brahmanical
strategy of ‘ostracisation’ and ‘shudarisation’. Even now, police
cases are pointedly framed against, famous Muslim names, who achieve some
prominence in the field of business and industry. The aim is to silence
And you are asking innocently through screaming headlines ---why Muslims
are silent on Pakistan or Kashmir. Muslim are silent or silenced on even
bread issues and you want them to talk about cake!
In media, they are unceremoniously blacked out. If you take statistics of
centimeter/column space in all print media, you’ll find that Muslim
voices by Muslim leaders of any kind are almost infinitesimal. I have been
writing letters to Times of India on Muslim related concerns, around 100
in the last 6 months, ------- though the same letters had got published in
other publications like HT, Pioneer; but Times of India, Mumbai has
published only 2 letters ---one countering Sudharshan’s statement
exhorting Muslims and Christians to Indianise and another on the influence
of Pak Jamate Islami and Jamiet Ulema e Pakistan on visiting President
Pervez Musharraf-----none was carried on its web-site. Every two months
Times of India publishes short interviews by S. Balakrishnan or Vidhyadhar
Date, both Muslim-baiters, ----- with some local Muslim personages,
deliberately selected to be the most unrepresentative of the mainstream
An unprovoked midnight combing operation in the middle of city of Mumbai,
on a sizable Muslim locality is inflicted by entering in each and every
household, terrorising women, children, old people, looting valuables from
homes which the terrified people could not object, manhandling and beating
young boys and dragging them to police station ----all under the false and
specious excuse of ‘a raid on SIMI offices’ in the locality. Ninety
percent of the common people in the locality may not have even heard the
name of ‘SIMI’. It is all done by the so-called secular Sonia Congress
led Maharashtra Government, under the active leadership of
‘arch-secularist’ Sharad Pawar’s protégé, Chagan Bhujbal, the ex-Shiv
Sena tiger, who has not yet shed its stripes.
No human rights protagonist raised a voice, ---just because Bhujbal has
silenced them with the name of ‘SIMI’. While you are still stuck with
Kashmir, even other parts of India are now becoming as dangerous as
Kashmir, as far as Muslims are concerned. The same Muslim-hating mentality
that had made a hell out of the paradise of Kashmir, is now spreading all
over the country.
Times of India publishes the report of that mid-night combing operation in
Kurla under the byline of its ‘crime reporter’. The only step now
remains, is to declare the whole community as ‘criminals’ on the lines
of British ‘thugs’ and ‘criminal tribes’ and deprive them of all
Kashmir became a mess due to the Congress government’s anti-Muslim hate
policies. They wanted territory; Kashmiri Muslims were expendable. The
Muslim-hate policies persisting, now it is the turn of the whole of India
to flare up like Kashmir. I appeal to you to focus on the fast
deteriorating condition of the Muslim community all over India, which will
certainly slide into the same abyss that destroyed Kashmir. You are one of
the few sane voices that can see through the thick fog of religious
divide. India is astride on a ticking bomb. Let no one feel complacent on
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai 400050 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dictatorship as ‘secularism’
Usama Khalidi (US) email@example.com
Editor: Rashid Ghannoushi's views should not
be read as if he is talking about secularism in India or the US. He is
talking in the context of his country, Tunisia, which has seen worst kind
of authoritarian rule right from Bourguiba times. All injustice and denial
of democratic rights is justified in the name of 'secularism.' The other
example of this extremist secularism is Turkey. That model of secularism
is totally and utterly rejected and I will never even dream of living in a
society like this which is in fact ruled by a clique, civilian or
military, in the name of secularism. The same sacred-cliche-game is
repeated in many Arab and Muslim countries where freedoms are denied in
the name of 'democracy' or other cliches including 'Islam' as in Iran and
Afghanistan. Ghannoushi is not propagating a Talibanist Islam but trying
to address the problem of Bourguibist-Ataturkist dictatorship cloaked as