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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 March 2001
Kolkata ‘controlling’ Madrasa students protesting against West
Bengal’s educational system
Another Shah Bano in the making?
New Delhi: A city court has directed a Muslim man to give maintenance to his
wife until he proves that the divorce given to her was in accordance with Muslim
law. While passing the direction, the court pronounced that the divorce was in
violation of Qur'anic law under which giving divorce without pre-divorce
counseling was a spiritual offence.
The respondent in this case cannot be permitted to profit from the
situation which he has created, held the judge, adding that the husband had
divorced the wife at his own whims and caprices. Metropolitan magistrate Kamini
Lau observed that ‘under Muslim law, the husband is not required to assign any
cause of a divorce but there must be a reasonable cause.’
The order is a follow-up to a maintenance petition in which the
wife alleged cruelty, both mental and physical, against her husband. The alleged
torture was on account of dowry demand. It has been alleged that the wife was
thrown out of the house in 1999, seven years after the marriage, after her
parents failed to meet her in-laws’ demands. The petition was filed on 5
August 1999 and a month later notice was issued to the husband. On 28 October
the husband appeared before the court and was granted time to file a reply. But
on the next date of hearing the husband failed to appear and moved an exemption
While granting him the permission, the court asked the husband to
pay maintenance to his wife, till the next date of hearing. Incidentally the
couple’s minor son who was with the wife expired during the period. In another
development husband informed that he has divorced the wife and sent mehr and
talaqnama by registered post. But wife refused to accept talaqnama and
said it was void to pronounce talaq in one sitting.
Qutub Complex being encroached
New Delhi: A six-feet high boundary wall is being erected to enclose a large
portion of land in the south-west corner of the historical Qutub Minar complex.
The Qutub Minar is a world heritage monument and several
conservationists have objected to this encroachment. 'This construction is not
only disfiguring the historic setting, but also seriously affecting the world
Heritage status of the site' says OP Jain, convener of INTACH's Delhi chapter.
INTACH has asked the authorities to put an end to this blatantly
illegal encroachment. 'How is this construction being permitted adjoining a
UNESCO designated World Heritage site' asked the INTACH's Delhi convener.
Kaifi Azmi's collection released
New Delhi: If it is Delhi, can politics be far behind?. Politics which apart
from other things still means a particular set of ideas or commitment to a
movement. The occasion was a release of a book of poems by Kaifi Azmi, once in
the forefront of the Progressive Writers' Movement, famous Urdu poet and
intellectual. The book Selected Poems by Kaifi Azmi, a Penguin publication,
collects some of the writer's best. It is also a translation by Pawan K Verma,
bureaucrat and writer.
And there was this unabashed commitment to an ideology-from kaifi
Azmi's own recitation of Doosra Vanvas which laments the destruction of the
Babri Masjid to Shabana Azmi's mention of the role her father's poetry has
played in inspiring her to work for slum dwellers. Then there was former prime
minister IK Gujral, present there to release the book fondly remembered in
chaste Urdu how Kaifi Azmi's wife Shaukat was involved in the making of the film
Garam Hawa, which Gujral as information minister in Indira Gandhi's cabinet had
stopped from being played. The ideology came in couplets-strong words wrapped in
a beautiful language, Urdu. Reason enough why there was a need for a translation
said Shabana Azmi-to give a wider audience to her father's poems.
Muslims help rebuild temple
Kozikode: Muslims have conserved a mandir in a village in this Kerala
district that was on the brink of extinction.
It is said that a vaid (ayurveda doctor) Wishwanath Swami wanted to
rebuild the dilapidated mandir. He asked his patients to help him rebuild the
mandir. Very few Hindus came forward for the cause. They were scared that some
sprits may affect them. but Muslims came forward in a big way.
It is said that first consignment of cement came from Mamu Koya, a
local Muslim trader. Another Muslim trader Khalid Bhai helped construct the
verandah of the mandir. This land was also owned by a Muslim that he gifted to
the mandir for its expansion.
Coca-Cola under fire
Lucknow: It is not the Muslims in Middle east alone who have boycotted US
products for assisting Israel, even Muslims in this city and other places too
have decided to boycott the US products though for another reason.
The quirk in the logo cannot be
spotted but some have claimed that if you hold it up in front of a mirror and
see the reflection of the logo, you can clearly see it is anti-Islamic and
anti-Muslim. They claim that the mirror image of the logo reads ‘La Muhammad,
La Mecca’ in Arabic-which means 'there is no Muhammad , and no Makkah.’ The
upshot of all this is a two-month ultimatum to Coca-Cola to modify the logo or
We at MG tried to read ‘la Muhammad, la Makkah’ in the Coke
logo and failed... Here is are the possible mirror images of the Coke logo, try
Inquiry into dead end
Ranchi: An official inquiry into the police firing here on 28 December in
which three Muslim youths were killed, appears to have reached a dead end, with
no members of the public coming forward to volunteer information about the
The inquiry is in the initial stages, Shila Kisku Rapaz the
divisional commissioner of the Chota Nagpur area said recently while talking to
the media recently. The Jharkhand government had directed Rapaz DIG of the area
to probe into the firing near Rajendra Chowk in Doranda area and submit a report
within a month.
Consequent to the state government order, Rapaz and the DIG have
had at least two meetings and inserted an advertisement in the local dailies on
6 January inviting people to apprise them of information about the incidents
within ten days.
But so far nobody has reportedly turned up to depose before them.
we would like to reinsert the advertisement. We would also appreciate if media
persons come forward to enlighten us with information about the firing, said
Rapaz. The violent incidents were sparked off after an eight-year-old girl Arfin
was run over by a truck of the Bihar Military Police on Eidul Fitr.
Contribution to the PM Relief Fund
New Delhi: Khwaja Hamidullah, chairman of Priyadarshani College of Computer
Sciences has donated fifty-one thousand rupees in the Prime Minister's relief
Fund for Gujarat victims. He presented the check at Prime Minister AB Vajpayee
residence in the Capital on behalf of his college.
Ayodhya may cause bloodshed
New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh governor Romesh Bhandari has said that a
wrong decision on the Ayodhya dispute will cause severe bloodshed in the
country. Warning the Indian leadership Bhandari said that a wrong decision could
cause sever damage to the country’s future.
He said on 19 February that he has warned every big and small
leader including the prime minister AB Vajpayee on the danger looming over the
country in case any wrong decision is taken. He also said that the government
should pass an order in the Budget session of the Parliament that entitles it to
confiscate all the material collected to construct the Ram temple on the site of
He also said that the Sangh wants to make the environment so
critical in the country that it becomes necessary to hold midterm polls in the
country and it could ensure a huge victory for the BJP.
Destroying national culture
Muzaffar Nagar: Dr Masood, president of the national Lok Tantrik Party has
accused that the BJP and the RSS are bent upon destroying the composite culture
of the country and brandishing Muslims as anti-national.
Addressing a public program Dr. Masood said that the BJP is trying
to suppress Muslims and other minority communities in the country.
He also said that the BJP and the RSS are trying to brand the mosques as the
hideouts of the ISI and the Muslim youths as its cadres. He accused the police
of killing Muslim youths by labeling baseless cases against them.
He also said that his party will not allow the fascist
organizations to succeed in their heinous designs with the help of the secular
people of the country.
Pay compensation to Irshad family
New Delhi: the National Human Right Commission NHRC has asked the Delhi
government in a notice sent by it as to why three lakh rupees should not be
given to Irshad’s family, a twenty-five year old youth killed by the Delhi
Police. The NHRC has asked the Delhi government to send its reply by 16 March.
Commission has said that this notice is being sent to the Delhi government after
receiving the report of the DCP of eastern Delhi. The report says that Muhammad
Irshad was beaten to death mercilessly by the Delhi police cops.
Meanwhile the cops responsible for his murder have not been granted
bail. They will remain in the prison till the medical report of Irshad is
Western Culture spoiling youth
Saharanpur: Former Vice-Chancellor of Allahbad University, Prof. Waheed
Malik, while describing the harmful and destructive effects of Western
civilization, said that the glamour of this civilization is pushing our new
generation towards destruction. He was expressing his views as the chief guest
at a function of Jain Degree College here.
Making western civilization the target of his criticism, he said
that it is not in conformity with India’s lofty moral values and glorious
traditions. Praising the superiority of Indian civilization, he said that the
teachings of ‘sufis’ and saints and Rishis Munis are the foundations of our
civilization, which teach the entire world lessons of humanity and have
projected our personality and identity on the world map. He also highlighted the
shortcomings of present educational system and said that this system is proving
unsuccessful in developing the personality of our students, which needs
attention and action.
The college principal, RR Azad said that we shall have to pay
special attention on the education of new generation in order to utilize their
capabilities for the progress and development of the country.
Saifuddin finally has own party
Kolkata (Calcutta): The wait for disgruntled Marxists ended on 21February as
Saifuddin Choudhary launched his much publicized political outfit Party for
Democratic Socialism. Choudhary said that he has launched the new political
outfit to end the polarization between the Left Front and the Trinamul-BJP.
The PDS is against all forms of dictatorship of the proletariat and
will work for democratic socialism, Choudhary the party president said at the
first party conference.
The CPI(M) dismissed the PDS as one more party adding to the
national tally of 44. The CPI(M) has more than 227000 members and not even half
a percent will be swayed by the PDS said Anil Biswas, CPI(M) state secretary.
Choudhary criticized the CPI(M) which he said was not only
desperate to cling on to power but was also ruthless in suppressing minority
views within the party. What sort of democratic party is the CPI(M) that drives
away members who have sacrificed a lot for it just because their views did not
conform to those of the ruling coterie, Saifuddin Choudhary said.