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“RAM MANDIR WASN’T A POLITICAL ISSUE”
New Delhi: Giving his statement before Liberhan Commission on September 5, former Prime Minister of India, VP Singh said that Babri Masjid was not a political issue during 1989 elections. He acknowledged that it was stated in BJP’s election manifesto that moral support should be given for construction of Ram temple. He said that his electoral compromise with BJP and left parties was not confined to the state. In answer to advocate IB Singh’s question he said that he had seen the election manifesto of BJP for moral support for construction of Ram temple. Then only he had held talks with BJP leaders AB Vajpayee and LK Advani, he maintained.
DAWOOD KHAN FORT TO BE REPAIRED
Aurangabad: In order to promote tourism, it has been decided to take up repair and beautification work of the historical heritage of Dawood Khan Fort in Dawoodnagar, Aurangabad district of Bihar. The village Panchayat has requested the state government’s department of tourism to approve the repair work. Repair of the broken walls of the fort, development of a garden and children’s park and a road near the fort would be built under this plan. After getting approval of the department of tourism and necessary resources, the work would be started without making any changes in the old shape and style. State tourism minister Suresh Paswan has assured of proper assistance.
NASIM MEMORIAL ACADEMY FOUNDED
Moradabad: "Dr Kanwar Nasim Memorial Academy" was recently founded in the memory of well-known social activist and journalist Dr Kanwar Nasim. Kanwar Shahnawaz, founder and manager of this organisation, said that Qamar Qadeer Iram has been appointed its president. The organisation will work in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh and hold annual seminars and poetic symposia. Free medical camps, arrangement of marriages of poor girls and restoring communal harmony are the basic aims of the organisation.
MUSLIMS UNITE FOR SOCIAL REFORM
Hyderabad: All India Muslim Personal Law Board convened a meeting of various Muslim organisations on August 24 to discuss various aspects of social reforms within the Muslim community. It was decided that a joint campaign should be launched to reform the Muslim society to get rid of the social evils that have crept into it. Board secretary Abdul Raheem Qureshi and Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen leader Salahuddin Owaisi emphasised the need for taking urgent reformatory steps against the fast growing social evils. The increasing demands for dowry and extravagance in marriages remained the dominant subjects of the day. Qureshi said that Muslim leaders will survey all the districts of Andhra Pradesh and its neighbouring districts of Karnataka to assess public opinion on such issues. The speakers also expressed concern over the increasing cases of divorce and the difficulties of eligible Muslim girls in getting married due to dowry demands and wasteful expenditure in marriages. Members of Jamaat-e-Islami, Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat and Imarat-e-Millat-e-Islamia also participated in the meeting. Maulana Hameeduddin Aquil Hussami of Darul Uloom Hyderabad urged involvement of more Muslim organisations in the campaign.
ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION OF TEMPLE
Agra: Muslims recently took out a procession and appealed to the district magistrate and SSP to stop illegal construction of a temple in Shaheednagar area of Agra.
In a memorandum addressed to the DM it was stated that some mischievous elements were illegally constructing a temple on an empty plot of Agra Development Authority which belonged to a mosque and graveyard. Illegal construction of a temple in an area having 95 per cent Muslim population has made the situation explosive.
A complaint was also registered in the police station, but to no avail, said the memorandum.
A delegation of Uttar Pradesh Muslim Action Committee said that some Muslims were not allowed to construct a mosque on a land they had themselves bought and that a Muslim was forced to stop construction of even his own house. However the delegation was told by police authorities that legal action would be taken in the matter and that none would be allowed to spoil the atmosphere.
OFFICIAL NEGLIGENCE TO MUSLIM COLONY
New Delhi: Muslim populated Shri Ram Colony (Rajiv Nagar) of Karawal Nagar in north eastern district of Delhi has been deprived of basic facilities such as water, sewer, electricity, medical facility, education, etc due to negligence and apathy of government and public representatives.
According to available information 2 crore and 75 lakh rupees have been approved by Delhi Urban Development minister AK Walia to councillor Jagdish Pardhan for the development work of backward colonies. After receiving the amount 10 roads are being built in other areas while the entire Muslim dominated area is being neglected. Moreover, the name of this colony has been struck off from the list of colonies where development work is being undertaken. When election time comes, the candidates remember Muslim colonies but after they win, they never come to these colonies, said some residents.
VC FOR OSMANIA UNIVERSITY
Hyderabad: Convener of Forum for Social Justice, Prof. BL Venkateshwar Rao has demanded the appointment of next vice chancellor from minority backward community for Osmania University. He said recently that vice chancellors of 9 universities out of 11 universities in Andhra Pradesh belonged to upper caste while there was only one VC from minority community and one from scheduled caste. He said that there has been only one VC from minorities in 84-years long history of Osmania University. He refuted the claim that there were no capable candidates among the minorities or backward classes for the post saying that there were 60 professors belonging to minority community in Osmania. Giving a statistical account he said that 38 out of 39 VCs of Osmania had been from upper castes whereas there should have been 5-6 VCs from minority and backward classes as the tradition of the land demanded. He also said that the representative of State Council for Higher Education was also from upper caste. This shows that minorities are being badly neglected in higher education, he added.
APWB DEMOLISHES ILLEGAL HOUSES
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Waqf Board after getting the illegal houses built on its lands demolished, has re-occupied waqf properties in Musa Ram Bagh, Hyderabad. Officials of Waqf Board, Department of Revenue and the police after a surprise announcement early in the morning to vacate the buildings started the demolition work. Sixty families have become homeless. The demolished houses were occupied by those who were regular tenants of waqf and had paid rent of June and July too. The house in which Chaukidar Umar Daraz Khan was living since 1973 as a regular tenant has also been destroyed. He called it a merciless action which had put both the old people and children to great difficulties. They have no shelter, he said. Chairman of Waqf Board, Muhammad Salim says that the Board will get back its property if it is illegally occupied by any person, irrespective of the position held by him.
It should be noted that people had occupied waqf property land of Muhammadiya Masjid and graveyard land in Musa Ram Bagh. The case was sub-judice. It was only after the court order to RDO that their houses and shops were demolished.
CORRUPTION IN MINORITIES’ ALLOWANCE
Agra: Officials at Agra are severely being taken to task for misappropriation of the scholarships of minorities’ students. Local officials, for the last 2-3 years have deprived the students of their scholarships. They are usurping the amounts on some pretext or the other. When the matter was recently taken to Lucknow, secretary of Waqf and Minorities Welfare called for their explanation and admonished them. The issue was raised during a meeting of review of the minorities’ welfare work. Complaints are being reported from other districts as well. All the districts authorities had been asked to send their reports. But no reports came from 17 districts including Agra. The secretary has given strict orders to officers to send their verification reports at the earliest.
It is to be noted that Minorities’ Department has decided to check the records of minority scholarships from 1995 to 1999. Scholarships from 1999 to 2002 are also being checked. All schools from primary to inter colleges had been asked to send the details of the amount along with names and addresses etc of students to Lucknow. But not a single officer of the 41 districts even attended the meeting. All these officers have been issued show-cause notices.
It should be noted that about 70 per cent students were deprived of stipends last year. Kurunesh Tripathi, a social welfare officer says that scholarships were not give because the government did not allocate the scholarship amount in the budget and that there were no demands from the concerned schools as well. While Dr Zaidi, secretary of BJP’s Minority Morcha says that the amounts of scholarships were sent back and that the scholarships were not given to schools which have a percentage of 50 or above minority students.
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