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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 May
Urdu Academy chairman Prof. Waris Alawi presenting Guru-puruskar award to
poet Muhammad Jamal Qureshi
CHC promises to improve Haj facilities
New Delhi: Of the 1.15 lakh Indian Muslims who went to Haj this year, the
Central Haj Committee claims to have facilitated the pilgrimage of 70000 people
The chairman of the Central Haj Committee, Tanveer Ahmad, said though the
government of Saudi Arabia had earlier fixed a quota of 1.20 lakh people for
India as per proportion of Muslim population last year, with the efforts of the
CHC this quota was enhanced to 1.27 lakh. This would allow many of us to help
more people to take the pilgrimage each year, said Tanveer.
Speaking about the new proposals that are in the pipeline to facilitate travel
of Haj pilgrims for 2002, Tanveer said that ' We are trying to add Lucknow,
Nagpur and Bhopal to the disembarkation list to provide more connectivity'. Also
to minimize the problems faced due to lack of awareness about the rules and
regulations laid down by the government of Saudi Arabia, training camps for Haj
pilgrims will be held to educate them about how to cope with their problems
pertaining to travel and stay.
Regarding the construction of Haj houses in different states, Tanveer said
during the last two years Haj houses were constructed at Ahmedabad and Hyderabad
and work at Bhopal and Jaipur would begin soon.
Inter-Religious Group launched
New Delhi: A multi religious initiative for the regeneration of India was
launched on 18 April in New Delhi by newly formed Dharmic Jan Morcha-an
interfaith religious group-which has also given the clarion call for a 'Build
The crying need is to bring combined moral authority to sacred task of nation
building. This religious forum will reinforce the moral forces of our society
and build public opinion against corruption, communalism, casteism and
undemocratic tendencies, president of the Vishwa Kalyan Parishad, Swami
Briefing reporters, Swami and the members- Maulana Sirajul Hasan Ameer
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jathedar Narendra Singh Namkhana and Pastor Victor
David-said it would be their endeavor to promote active resistance to evils in
As part of the effort, inter religious meetings are planned across the country
in the near future. 'We earnestly appeal to each and every citizen irrespective
of religion, race or creed, to come forward and extend all possible help and
cooperation in this noble effort', Maulana Sirajul Hasan said.
Wouldn't Do It Again
Kolkata: Halim Ali Laskar, the teenage boy from Kolkata, at last got the
cash reward announced by the Eastern Railway officials for averting a major
train accident here last January.
On 9 January, hardly half an hour before the Kolkata bound Rajdhani Express was
to cross, Laskar had spotted two bombs on the railway track. He immediately ran
to the nearest railway cabin and informed the cabin man about the bombs. Railway
officials were immediately alerted who then stopped train movement on the route.
The bombs were later defused. Eastern Railway announced a cash reward of Rs
10000 for Halim for his timely action that helped avert a major train mishap.
Relieved to have finally got the reward, Halim however has not forgotten the
bitter experience he had in pleading his case with the railway bureaucracy. Ab
is train ke lafde mein nahin padne ka (I will not involve myself in such
things), he says. During the last three months, Halim, a mansion helper in
Kolkata and son of a rickshaw-puller made at least fifteen rounds of the Dhanbad
railway division from Kolkata to collect the reward, only to be told to collect
his due after a few days.
Hindi movies playing with women
Mumbai: Veteran actress and MP Shabana Azmi lashed out at new age Hindi
cinema, which under the garb of celebrating the human body, subjects its
heroines to male gaze.
'The business of the films is to create populist images. These images ostensibly
celebrate the heroine's eroticism, while reducing her to a passive sex objects'
Azmi said in her paper on the images of Women in Hindi Cinema-post 1950s' at the
valedictory function of Frames 2001, an entertainment seminar.
With new permissiveness obliterating the divide between heroine and the vamp,
the rigid dress code has also disappeared, Azmi said. Today's heroine dance with
abandon as camera zooms in from one body part to another', she said, asking the
film industry to incorporate a woman's way of thinking into films.
Azmi said: 'The heroine today seems to be questioning her slotting into a role
in which any display desire was seen as negative and very unlike the values of
Indian women'. Terming the change in image of women in Hindi cinema from Mein
chup rahoongi to Sherni as a confused one, she stated that it was only cosmetic
She said it was amply evident that society and cinema could no longer close
their eyes to the changing Indian woman. 'Self assured, confident women have
started to break out of the economic dependence that had long suppressed them'
Muslims in OBC list
Bhopal: As many as nine Muslim communities have been included in the list of
Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in Madhya Pradesh.
A decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet which met under the
chairmanship of the state chief minister Digvijay Singh on 5 April, an official
Urdu in MP
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh after much dilly dallying has announced the name of
the Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy Chairman. Aziz Quraishi has been appointed its
chairman. The program where the name of the new chairman was announced was
attended by a number of Urduphiles and academics besides leading laureates.
The unannounced arrival of the chief minister Digvijay Singh in the meeting also
gave it more attraction. Ahmad Saeed Malihabadi said while speaking in the
colorful meeting that the chief minister has contributed greatly in the
development of Urdu language in the state. Justice Ajaz Suhail, a judge in Delhi
High Court said that at a time when Urdu's future seems bleak in a number of
areas in the country, it seems bright in the state. He said that the credit must
go for this to the chief minister.
The chief minister on this occasion said that we have decided to appoint an Urdu
teacher in schools where even 250 Urdu speaking people live in the area. He
added that we have registered three thousand schools after setting up Madrasa
Board. The chief minister added that the Urdu education will be started in
schools now from primary classes. He made a promising announcement when he said
that the state government is planning to accord second language status to Urdu
in the state. He said that studies in this regard have been initiated.
Minority institutions open to government interference
New Delhi: In a major ruling, the Supreme Court has held that though the
Constitution does not provide for any limitation on the right of the minority
community to administer its educational institutions, the government can make
regulations to maintain the institution's character.
'Even though, Article 30 of the Constitution does not lay down any limitation
upon the right of a minority to administer its educational institutions, that
right cannot be said to be absolute and the right must be subject to reasonable
regulations consistent with the national interest', the apex court said. This
ruling was given by a bench of Justice GB Patanaik and Justice DP Mohapatra
while dealing with a question as to whether dismissal of an employee of a
minority institution required government permission.
Answering the question in negative, Justice Patnaik, writing the judgement for
the bench, said that Article 30 of the Constitution confers right on a minority
community to set up and administer educational institutions of their choice.
The rights emanated from Article 30 are the rights to establish an institution
and right to administer engrafted under article 30 would not however confer to
mal-administer, the bench said.
Compensation eludes victims
Jammu: The controversy of killing of a young Delhi girl in the shootout
outside the Srinagar airport between Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and
Lashkar-e-Toiba has resurfaced. Father of the deceased Nasreen has moved the
Delhi High Court seeking its intervention in the killing of his daughter and
direction to the authorities for giving adequate compensation.
Hearing the petition, Justice Vijender Jain has issued notices to the Union
Government and others. Justice Jain asked the Central Government standing
counsel Maninder Singh, who accepted the notice, to file the replies on behalf
of respondent by 18 September this year.
During hearing Justice Jain was not convinced with the submission of the
petitioner's counsel. But when assisting the court, senior advocate Kapil Saibal
said that even the Government had admitted its lapses in the Parliament ,
Justice Jain issued notice on the petition. The petition filed by late Nasreen's
parents alleged that their daughter was killed in shootout outside Srinagar
airport , where 11 people including CRPF personnel and militants had been
killed. 'In order to hush up the killing of the innocent girl, the CRPF
authorities branded her as the member of the LeT, who was there in the Fidayeen
mission without making any inquiry and playing their mind. The CRPF had
sufficient time to verify the credentials of victim, especially when the
security forces had prior knowledge that LeT might execute fidayeen attack.
Nasreen was identified by her business partner and police admitted its lapses
that it had killed an innocent girl and pretended that it all happened due to
mistaken identity' the petition said.
Dilip Kumar in Controversy
Mumbai: Thespian Dilip Kumar said on 26 April that he had no involvement in
the dealing of MS Geekay Exim (1) Ltd, a company whose cheques issued to
Credential Group of Companies for Rs 18.9 crore in 1996 had bounced. Credential
Finance Ltd had then initiated legal action against Geekay Exim.
The Bombay High Court had dismissed his plea seeking discharge in the case
involving the company in which he was the non-executive chairman. The judge
upheld an earlier court ruling that no application could lie for recall of
process once the charge was framed by a court and the plea of the accused.
The veteran actor who has not been keeping too well said, ' I wish to clarify
that I was associated with the company Geekay Exim (I) Ltd. in the capacity of
being its non-executive chairman. I had no concern with the day-today business
of the company or its transactions. I signed no cheques, nor was I party to any
of the business dealings. I have also relinquished the position of non-executive
chairman since July 2000.
Dilip Kumar alias Yusuf Khan said he was extremely distressed because he was in
no way responsible for the conduct of the company's business. 'My name is being
unfairly dragged into this dispute' the septuagenarian actor said.
Yusuf Khan also inserted advertisement in leading newspapers to clarify his
stand on the issue. The Geekay Exim (I) Ltd also inserted another advertisement
on the very same day, i.e. 27 April that said that he is not a party in any way
and has quit the company as non-executive chairman last year.
AN ALL KASHMIR ELECTION
Srinagar: The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Amanullah Khan,
has supported the suggestion of Muhammad Yasin Malik, member, executive
committee of the All Party Hurriyat Conference that true representation of
Kashmir be elected through polls to be held in kashmir under international
Malik who was on a visit to the US for medical treatment has been advocating the
need for enabling the people of the state to negotiate a settlement to the
Kashmir dispute. In a statement Khan said Malik's suggestion was reasonable and
could remove many hurdles for a peaceful and equitable solution to the Kashmir
The JKLF chairman said that the proposed election should not be limited to
Indian controlled part but should also be held in 'Azad Kashmir' and Gilgit
Baltistan. Such an election would enable them to claim to be the true
representative of the 15 million people of the entire Jammu and Kashmir state
and the world would be compelled to accept their representative character.