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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 March 2001
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|Muslim leaders staging sit-in in Delhi against Gujarat carnage
No homage paid to Jaffrey
New Delhi: Lok Sabha did not even pay homage to former member of Parliament, Ehsan Jaffrey, who along with other 18 relatives was brutally killed by VHP and Bajrang Dal activists on 28 February. Congress president Sonia Gandhi called up Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee requesting him to take urgent action to save Jaffrey when the mob had surrounded him, but the PM took no immediate notice and Jaffrey and his family were brutally killed. Next day when the Lok Sabha paid homage to three former MPs, it did not name Jaffrey. Even a BSP and a Congress leader brought his murder to the notice of the Lok Sabha Speaker, but it did not condole the death of Jaffrey.
Delhi CM happy with girls education
New Delhi: There is nothing if there is no education. I feel happy that girls are marching ahead with education, said Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit in a programme held by Delhi Urdu Academy on Adult Education. Addressing the students she said that they should not give up education at this point, but should go ahead and develop self-confidence. She applauded the Academy’s services and said that the beautiful Urdu language should progress.
Delhi Food Minister Haroon Yusuf said that the CM had materialized the long-cherished dream of Delhites by granting Urdu the status of second official language. About 350 adult education centres are being run under the Academy wherein some women aged between 50 and 60 get education which shows the awareness about adult education, he said.
The CM also congratulated the prize winning students. Abida Bano, a student bereft of both hands, who wrote her papers by feet, secured fist position.
Speak of others’ rights too
Aligarh: While inaugurating a two-day national seminar on Muslims problems and possibilities in a multi-cultural society, Muhammad Hamid Ansari, VC of Aligarh Muslim University said that Indian Muslims should strengthen their relationships with other communities along with preserving their own identity and they should prove that their presence is of immense use for the welfare of the country. He further said that the situation in India is totally different from Pakistan and Egypt. Hence we have to solve our problems under our own peculiar circumstances keeping in mind that we are an integral part of the country and the services which we have rendered in various fields of education and arts are by no means less than others. We should talk of others rights also while stressing demands of our own rights, he added.
Prof Yasin Mazhar Siddiqui, head of the Department of Islamic studies said that Muslims should better their present in the light of past and plan their future. He said that Muslims had started their life with non-Muslims and that the constitution of Madinah provides social security system.
Prof Usloob Ansari said that the Hindu religion is based on caste and clan an it is and important issue for Muslims to protect their cultural identity.
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