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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 December 2001

Baby Zareen Khan, winner of Madhya Pradesh Beautiful Smile Contest in Bhopal

Maulana Azad remembered
Addressing the celebrations to mark the 113th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, President KR Narayanan said that Azad had prophetically stated that the greatest obstacle against the unity of cultures of the world was narrow mindedness and narrow nationalism. He had described it as a social disease, he said. He further said that Maulana Azad’s contributions as a builder of modern India would be remembered by generations to come with gratitude and admiration. In the backdrop of recent controversy over rewriting of history text books, he said that when there is much talk about rewriting history, we must keep in mind the words of Maulana Azad who once said that correct writing of history and its proper teaching is the best antidote to the violence and hatred that had permeated into different religious groupings of our society. Describing him as a legendary figure in the struggle for independence, the President said that his personality was a blend of remarkable traits of religious outlook and modernity, spirit of nationalism and constructive Islamic internationalism, a spiritual bent of mind and a deep secular vision. Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral remembered his outstanding struggle for freedom and offered his tributes to Maulana Azad. Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court AM Ahmadi quoted Maulana Azad as having said that Muslims need not any certificate to prove their patriotism as they preferred to stay in India at the time of Partition. Among others to pay tribute to the legendary visionary figure were Prof Shamim Jairajpuri, Syed Shahid Mehdi, VC Jamia Millia, Siraj Hussain, VC Jamia Hamdard, Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, Prof Akhtarul Wasi, etc.
Ranjeetnagar named after Maulana Azad
New Delhi: Delhi Municipal Corporation has named South Patel Nagar’s New Ranjeet Colony as Malauna Abul Kalam Azad Colony. Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said while speaking on the occasion that Maulana Azad was a symbol of religious and communal harmony. His life was a brilliant example of religious tolerance. He never gave any place to communalism in his thought and action. Municipal Councillor Madanlal Balmiki said that the colony was named after Maulana Azad so that the coming generations may remember his ideal teachings.

Journalism: a challenging profession
Aligarh: While addressing a gathering on the occasion of the annual video production training programme organized by the Department of Journalism and PRO of Aligarh Muslim University, Muhammad Hamid Ansari, Vice Chancellor of AMU said, ‘Journalism is a challenging profession and it requires much struggle.’ He said that it is not an easy task today to work in media and only those who can struggle, can work in this field. The VC said that the electronic media has not affected print media or radio and that a large chunk of people read newspapers and listen to radios. He said that attention should be paid to print media along with electronic media. He advised the students to take journalism as a profession in great numbers because it was the best profession for them. 

Muslim doctors boycott US medicines
Mumbai: Muslim Medicos Association (MMA) a Muslim doctors organization announced that it would boycott American and British brand medicines and other medical paraphernalia in protest against US attacks of Afghanistan. Dr Azimuddin, secretary of MMA said we would register our protest in a decent way and boycott all those medicines which are purely prepared by American and British companies.

More dalits to embrace Buddhism
Thiruvananthapuram: After initiating thousands of dalits into Buddhism in Delhi recently, the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations is planning to organize a similar programme in Kerala on 14 April 2002. The Kerala unit of the confederation claims that 25,000 dalits will embrace Buddhism.

Separate department for minorities welfare
Jaipur: Dr Nizam Muhammad, President of Rajasthan Minorities Commission has demanded a separate department for the welfare of the minorities. He said that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed his consent in this regard. If a separate department is created, every sort of work would be done form the same department. Minorities Commission should be separated from home ministry and added to Social Welfare Board until a separate department is established, he suggested.

Free education for minorities
Jaipur: Rajasthan will initiate free education upto university level and other development programmes for minorities on the pattern of Madhya Pradesh Minorities Commission. Ibrahim Quraishi, President of MP Minorities Commission said that he has discussed it with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. He said that All India Muslim Education Society would be set up in Rajasthan. In addition, Adeeb Kamil, Fazil and Muallims would be given government jobs. He suggested that the government should name roads and other buildings after martyrs of minorities. He also talked about inclusion of women in academic and other institutions. He further said that the madrasas where the number of students crosses 40, would be given Rs 10,000 as government aid. Minorities Commission would assist the minorities to improve their economic condition.

Survival of Urdu must for country
Aligarh: While addressing teachers of various universities and colleges in a teachers training programme held at Academic Staff College of Aligarh Muslim University Dr Hamidullah Bhat, Director, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language said that the educational institutions which came into existence after independence did not work satisfactorily. He also said that India would be least known without Sanskrit and its thousand years’ history cannot be understood without Urdu. He further said that Indians should encourage regional languages more than English. He said that the social integrity of the country is crumbling because of non-promotion of regional languages. He said that the opposition of Hindi in Tamil Nadu was more dangerous to the country than terrorism. Only three percent people study English in India and countries which made progress were those who gave importance to their mother tongue and developed their regional languages, he added. 

RJD leaders gunned down
Daltonganj: A Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, who was earlier member of Naxalite frontal organization, was gunned down while railway lines were blown up and six vehicles torched by extremist strikes in two districts of Jharkhand on 12 November, the police said. The RJD leader of Latehar districts, Riyaz Khan was killed at Makaiatand village by the banned extremist group, Maoist Communist Centre. He was once an active member of Krantikari Kisan Samiti, a frontal organization of the MCC, Lahetar superintendent of police said. 

Urdu library science course in Raza Library
Rampur: National Open School is going to start a library science certificate course in Urdu. This was announced in a meeting held at Rampur Raza Library. Dr Shuaib Raza Khan, executive officer of National Open School said that it was decided in a meeting of the library that a library science certificate course in Urdu would be started. He said that the syllabus of the course has been prepared and its centre would be soon set up at Raza Library. OSD of Raza Library Dr Waqarul Hasan Siddiqui said that the course would be first started at Raza Library and it would be under the management of the library. He also said that a scheme has already been approved for setting up of the Institute of Medieval Art and Culture which would impart diploma and degree courses both in Hindi and Urdu. Dr Siddiqui said that National Open School is conducting distance education upto Secondary and Senior Secondary levels in Urdu, Hindi and English. The students who cannot pursue education in schools or are handicapped can do Xth and XIIth in subjects of their choice while sitting at home. He clarified that there are books on all subjects in Urdu.

Urdu Academy holds competition
New Delhi: Urdu Academy Delhi holds educational and cultural competitions every year to promote educational interest in boy and girl students and also to create a feeling of excellence. The competitions are in speeches, ghazals and verse recitation, drama, quiz, essay writing and painting etc.
The competitions were held this year from 4 to 11 November in the All India Book Fair at Red Fort maidan. Two thousand students approximately from 50 schools participated in these competitions. About two hundred students were declared deserving for awards. Important personalities from literary, cultural and social fields of Delhi were invited as judges. They expressed satisfaction about these competitions. First, second, and third position holders were given cash prizes of Rs 500/400/ and 300 respectively together with Academy insignia and a certificate. Teams of first, second and third prize winners were given Rs 1000/800 and 600 respectively and Rs 400 as consolation prize.

Urdu-lovers should have no complex
New Delhi: Addressing a meeting organized by Urdu Council at the All India Book Fair, Sheema Rizvi UP education minister said that if we fall prey to inferiority complex only then Urdu can face problems. Urdu is a cultural language and a symbol of our identity. Government is including Urdu in the syllabus to promote it. Urdu is a developed language. Persons not knowing Urdu also admit its glory and sweetness. Movie producer Muzaffar Ali spread and popularized Urdu in every house.Urdu books are also being printed in a large number .Government is sincere in promoting Urdu. She further said that many personalities participated in the programme. Among them was Prof Wajahat who mentioned about a movie on Amir Khusru produced by Muzaffar Ali. Muzaffar Ali said that Urdu penetrates the heart. Gone are the days when English had overcome Urdu. Today English is the means for keeping Urdu language alive. Hamidullah Bhatt, Director of Urdu Council said that the community which is not aware of its culture and civilization has neither any present nor future.

Qira’at competition
New Delhi: A two day Qira’at competition was organized at Urdu Park of Jama Masjd, Delhi by Majlis-e-Tabligh-e-Qur’an, an organization founded in 1962. Qurras (recitors of the Qur’an) from eight countries took part in it. The inauguration was done by the councilor of Iran Embassy. Diplomats from Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia and Kenya were also present on the occasion. Thousands of people attended the auspicious gathering and listened to the Holy Qur’an from its experts.
Participants from Turkey, Indonesia, Palestine, Iran, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan took part in the competition and enchanted the audience with their sonorous recitation. Nearly 80 Qurras from UP, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana also participated in the competition. This was the third conference. Earlier two similar competitions were held in 1987 and 1988. All the participants and audience prayed in the last for peace in the world.

Allama Iqbal remembered
Srinagar: A one day Mahfil-e-Iqbal was organized by the Iqbal Institute of Kashmir University on 11 November to commemorate the birth anniversary of poet, thinker and philosopher Allama Iqbal. The meeting was presided over by the vice chancellor Prof Jalees Ahmad Khan. Paying rich tributes to Allama Iqbal he said that his teachings and philosophy are as relevant today as they were during his life-time. He stressed upon the students to draw inspiration from his philosophy of self, Payam-e-Khudi, and strive hard to excel in their respective fields of life. Well-known Kashmiri critic Prof Hamid Kashmiri delivered a lecture on the life and philosophy of Iqbal. In his welcome speech Dr Bashir Ahmad Nahwi, director of Iqbal Institute criticized the state public service commission for omitting 'Iqbal Studies' from the syllabi for examinations to various teaching positions. A mushaira was also organized on this occasion.

Raza Library receives awards
Rampur: Two stalls of Rampur Raza Library were awarded on the occasion of Urdu Book Fair organized by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language at Red Fort grounds, Delhi. The second prize was given for best publishing, while the stall of manuscripts, oil paintings, Islamic monograms and old Qura‘nic manuscripts was declared the best. 

Names of Muslim voters deleted
Aligarh: City Congress leaders Irshad Ahmad and Bhu Parkash Mahor said that the names of thousands of voters have been removed from voters list in the newly formed wards of City Legislative Assembly. They claimed that this has been done at the behest of the BJP. They said that the number of such people in Muslim majority areas of the city ranges from 20 to 25 thousands. The Congress leaders further said that Congress will not allow the BJP to succeed in this conspiracy. The names will be added soon after changing voters lists by informing District Election Officer and Election Commission. 


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