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The Milli Gazette
The Milli Gazette is a praiseworthy approach to Islamic world. More news containing Islamic history must be published. Also, the Muslim media should work to bring the whole Muslim community under single leadership.
Md. Aftab
Patna (Bihar)
I received the latest issue of MG. All the contents were in accordance with the true spirit of neutral journalism. Letters by Tarun Seam and Niranjan Prabhu describe the story of MGís authentic readership and circulation among all section of society. Tarun Seam and Niranjan Prabhu may have expressed their genuine concern over the views and opinions published in MG, but I expect them to be a little more rational, broadminded, open-hearted and curious about the facts and harsh realities. The grievance of Ms. Fauzia and her agony after being denied admission to MBBS in a dubious way by a highly reputed institution like Al-Ameen, has moved me.
I have nothing to say about the articles and write-ups published in MG under different heads as they are superb and fact-finding as usual. However, in the previous issue of MG, feature on MF Hussain was a welcome change. In the intellectual circle, there are a large number of Muslims who are making good contribution to English literature by writing poems, fiction, non-fictions etc. But they do not get proper exposure due to their ill representation in other English magazines and periodicals. 
Khan Hasnain Aaqib
Pusad (Maharashtra)

Please make MG more rich by covering more Islamic issues and making impartial analysis. Also try to understand western tactics and give them befitting replies. Different facts of the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) need to be published so that the world could know about Islam in its true perspective.
Abdul Ahad Khan
Jammu and Kashmir

Shri Fazalís "Friday" prayers
Newly appointed governor of Maharashtra Mohammed Fazal offers prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi on a Friday morning which was Shri Fazalís first day in office as governor. The governor came to the temple with his wife, amid tight security. However, the temple saw the usual crowd of devotees, many of whom waited on to catch a glimpse of the governor.
Ghulam Muhammad, Mumbai

Israel barrier to peace
I have long held the view that Israelís refusal to comply with UN resolutions with regard to the Palestinians is a substantial barrier to peace in the region.
Details of my economics report on the possible consequences of a Gulf War for Londonís economy can be found on the Greater London Authority website using the following link: This report reinforces my opinion that we need a just and lasting settlement in the region.
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London

Proud of Jamia Millia
My name is Jtinder Kumar Anand. I studied in Jamia Millia Islamia from 1948 till I left India in 1962. I was all the time in boarding school (madrasah sanawi). Dr. Zakir Husain was my warden (I was the first and only Hindu student in Jamia Boarding School). Dr. Abid Husain adopted me as a son. I am very very proud to belong to the family of Dr. Zakir Husain, Dr. Abid Husain, Akhtar Husain Farooqui, Prof. Mujeeb, Abdul Razzaq, Nabi Ahmad, Qaiser Zaidi, Ziaul Hasan, Barkat Ali and so many others of the family of Jamia. I am what I am because of those wonderful human beings. God bless them all; they were my parents.
Jtinderkumar Anand

Pati Parmeshwar now Hubby Dear
Karva Chauth will no longer be observed: instead the occasion will be celebrated as Husbands' Day. This momentous decision is being advertised by Archies Greetings Cards. It is expected that womanfolk will not starve themselves.
There are rumours that the Sangh Parivar is to launch a nation-wide campaign to protest against this supplanting of Pati Parmeshvar Bhakti by the foreign custom of card-buying. The scriptures are being studied.
Mukul Dube, New Delhi

Pakistanis love Muslim Indians
My name is Arif and Iím an elctrical engineer. I live at Karachi. I read an article by H. Anjum in Milli Gazette. His comments regarding Pakistan and Pakistani society were not true. We are not like that ...yes we have some extremism in some areas, but one canít just say Ke Pakistan ki society bahot backward hai, got it. And plzzz donít try to create hate between the Muslims of two countries ok they have lots in common and they love each other and they donít think as the above quoted person is thinking. Editor Saab do you know one of my close relatives lives in Mumbai. Jab jhagde hote hain humare dil par kya guzarti hai yeh nahi socha hoga aap ne.
Arif Khan , Karachi

Teacherís blatant communalism
The daughter of one of my friends recently appeared in an entrance test for admission to Tika Ram Inter College at Aligarh. During the examination the lady invigilator came to sign the answer sheets of the examinees. When she came to this girl and asked her name, she said ĎShabnamí. Hearing this, the lady invigilator stopped for a moment, stared at the girl and said, "Why you girls come here? You have got your own University. You should go there." The poor girl was left aghast at her remarks. She left the paper unfinished and returned home dejected.
In this ĎYour own Universityí there are sympathisers and well-wishers of Sharmajis, Vermajis, Agrawal Sahabs, Guptajis etc in large numbers who get their sons and daughters admitted. As usual, the registrar, last year, had admitted hundreds of their sons and daughters.
Iftekhar Ahmad Qadiri, Aligarh

Governmentís action and inaction
Anti-Muslim pogrom and Akshardham temple killings in Gujarat have remarkedly shown two faces of the same state government and its mentor at the centre. Commandos were immediately rushed, operation to flush out terrorists completed within hours, Narendra Modi and LK Advani visited the temple complex and met people, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee cut short his Maldives visit ó all these show the governmentís concern for its blue-eyed citizens.
Why the same actions were not taken during the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat? Why the government discriminated against Muslims?
Killing and disturbing peace are criminal acts and must be treated as terrorism.
What a coincidence that such incidents occur whenever a high-ranking US dignitary is on a visit to India. Is not it surprising ? 
Fariduzzafar Khan 
King Saud University, Riyadh

VHP leaders, the real terrorists
When VHP leaders demand the Indian leadership to behave like Ariel Sharon or George Bush Jr. to combat terrorism in India, one should analyse deeply the terrorist activities in the country, its sources and the victims.
The divisive forces presently operating in Jammu and Kashmir and North-Eastern states are driven more by local economy rather than religion. Why do leaders visit these states every now and then with special economic packages? They are indirectly accepting the fact that sufficient funds were not distributed for the development of these regions. 
Some groups like the VHP, inject young minds with false stories of hatred towards minorities with deliberate nullification of their contributions in the nation-building process. They campaign for economic boycott of minorities and conduct riots and carnage of the scale of the one witnessed recently in Gujarat, Mumbai, Coimbatore and elsewhere. These groups are also the most dangerous anti-national elements on par with the terrorists trying to maintain a fear psychosis in other parts of the country.
Yusuf N Muhammed , Riyadh

Mahatma Gandhi and Politics
Was Mahatma Gandhi a political leader of Indian National Congress? Those who hold this opinion are partially true. Gandhi awakened and united the people of India who wanted their country to be free whether they belong to a political party or not.
For leaders of political parties the end justifies the means. For the Mahatma both the end and the means was to be noble.
Political parties try to concentrate as much power in their hands as they can. The Mahatma on the other hand stood for decentralisation of power. The Mahatma wanted to develop strength and initiative among the people in order to enable them to manage their affairs themselves.
Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest men of the world was born in the 20th century. The best tribute to the Mahatma would be to eschew hatred and violence and to preach and practice brotherhood.
Akhtar Hussain Aftab, Patna 

Madrasah syllabus need a change
The syllabus of Madrasahsí should be revised suitably. Wherever there are madrasahs for girls, they should impart education in subjects like Urdu, Quríanic Arabic, Hindi, English, Akhlaque-o-Tahzeeb, Domestic Science, Islamic Fiqíah, Hadith and Islamic history. The male students should be taught Urdu, Arabic, English and Hindi according to the CBSE syllabus.
I am a resident of the state of Jharkhand. There is a need for the establishment of an orphanage, blind and handicapped school separately in every Divisional headquarters. 
A central Baitulmal for destitute, orphans, blind, handicapped, widows, divorced and poor students of Arabic medium madrasahs should be established in North India. In South India, this kind of institution is already functioning. 
For the betterment and uplift of the community, illegal and extravagant expenses on marriages should be diverted to the aid of poor boys and girls in Arabicb medium madrasahs.
Mohd. Alauddin

International Contract on Dawood?
If Messrs Dawood, Chota/Bada/Medium Shakeels etc. can engage in contract (Supari) killings in our country, and rather successfully at that, why canít our Government issue an International Contract on their heads? Iím sure our people would not mind a few million dollars spent on tracking down and liquidating these outstanding professionals. I suspect it is the lack of guts and absence of national pride within our "leaders" more than the lack of opportunity. It is far easier to kill innocent Muslims within the country, and it makes good electoral sense too. It is far easier to engage the government machinery in a Tehelka witch-hunt and persecute its own people. Instead of spending crores of rupees on your Temple charades, why not put the money to a good cause like this one? Or is it easier for you too, to drive a horrendously bloated Modi tyre on an already fragmented populace? May be Iím not speaking your language. Let me try again Ė in my own small way, I am willing to contribute a substantial amount of my income towards every news I read about the elimination of any of the aforementioned outstanding professionals. Cheques can be made out either to the PMís Relief Fund, CMís Relief Fund, or to any Responsible (!!) Politicianís Personal Relief Fund. And yes, lest I forget, Iíll also vote for you.
Bharatram Gaba, Mumbai

Undue hate and prejudice
The MMA's surprise emergence as a strong political force in Pakistan has jolted the West and even Indian rulers. But, if the religious parties in India, Israel and Ireland are allowed to rule their people, why this generosity is lacking for the MMA in Pakistan. The MMA is though a new alliance; governance is not a new phenomenon for two of the six religious political parties that it comprises. The two major partners in MMA ó Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiatul Ulema-e-Islam ó have been partners in the governments both in the centre and provinces in the past but they had never shown any kind of fanaticism. Maulana Mufti Mehmood, late father of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, of the JUI once even served as the chief minister of NWFP. The Jamaat-e-Islami was one of the leading partners in Islami Jamhoori Ittehad that also ruled the country. The MMA leaders are not different from other politicians. They are generally perceived as Mullahs but there are retired generals, doctors, engineers, educationists and others holding important positions in these parties. So let us not judge them on the basis of our prejudices.
Dr. Haris, Hyderabad

Return of the Troops
Kindly allow me the courtesy of your columns to thank BJP government, especially George Fernandes for providing the Pakistan army with an excellent and sustained opportunity of training itself in great details and depth in organizing the defence of its borders. They have not only trained themselves day and night and rehearsed against all possible courses of action open to the enemy but have also familiarised themselves in the process with even the smallest bush in their respective areas of defence. They can now take to the FDLs (forward defended localities) instantaneously. No amount of 'exercises' would have enabled them to achieve such high a standard of efficiency. And what has India achieved in return except, "Loat key bhudhoo ghar ko aye." 
Riaz Jafri, Rawalpindi

Suppressing Muslimsí civil liberties
Nowadays in Andhra Pradesh, particularly in Hyderabad city, the police are violating the fundamental rights, human rights and suppressing the civil liberties of Muslims. Law enforcement authorities are constantly misusing their power and office to demoralise Muslims. 
On October 13 the police stopped a meeting which was going to recite holy Quran at Chandni function hall at Malakpet in Hyderabad. Police authorities at Chadarghat PS arrested the owner of function hall and told him not to permit Maulana Naseeruddin to hold the Quran recitation programme. In the meeting, recitation of the Quran, and recitation of its meaining in Urdu was to take place. This programme had been conducted since the last 25 years. The Hindutva elements in police are trying to demoralise Muslims by adopting this type of illegal methods. "IS THE RECITATION OF HOLY QURAN A CRIME?" This recent police action is nothing but the violation of fundamental right, the right to religious freedom and an infringement upon human rights. Due to this the religious sentiments of Muslims have been very much hurt. I hereby request you to highlight this matter in order to stop this violation of rights and punish the police officer found responsible for this. 
Lateef Mohammed Khan, Hyderabad

Law breakers must be punished
While writing in the Times of India of September 12, Justice Rajendra Sachchar former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, has condemned the provocative and anti-Muslim speech of VHPís firebrand leader Ashok Singhal in Amritsar, who has openly threatened Muslims to repeat Gujarat. Justice Rajendra Sachchar has asked the Congress government of Punjab to prosecute Ashok Singhal for his illegal, unconstitutional and inflammatory speech.
In fact, the fanatics of Sangh Parivar like Ashok Singhal, Praveen Togadia, Narendra Modi, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti etc. have been making such venomous offensive speeches against Muslims and Christians. Are they above law? The hero of Gujaratís Saffron brigade, Narendra Modi, who is personally responsible for the mass murders and burning alive of Muslims, gang rapes, loot, arson and destruction of Muslim houses, shops and establishments, is backed and praised by Deputy Prime Minister, LK Advani. Modi called Sonia Gandhi "white-skinned Italy ki Beti" and insulted Indiaís Chief Election Commissioner because of his religious as he is a Christian. During his "Gaurav Yatra" Modi blamed Muslims for population explosion because they act upon "Ham Panch Hamare Pachchis" which is a Goebbelian lie. Who will prosecute and punish these law-breakers and hate mongers of Sangh parivar when Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee proudly proclaims himself to be a Swayamsevak, LK Advani is Swayamsevak-cum-karsewak and KS Sudarshan, the remote control Prime Minister, is Sarsanghchalak.
G. Hasnain Kaif
Bhandara (Maharashtra)

Hindutva brigade culprits
People of Tanda are agitated with the recent happenings in the country. The demolition of Babri Masjid and anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat have lowered Indiaís image in the eyes of the world. Growing divide between Hindus and Muslims shows that the country is losing out culturally. Vishwa Hindu Parishad, BJP, RSS, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal etc are the real evil who should be severely punished. The problem of Jammu and Kashmir should also be amicably solved at the earliest.
Shahi MAR Ansari, Tanda - 224190


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