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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-30 June 2002

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Bihar Urdu Academy 
Patna: Bihar Urdu Academy Computer Centre, an affiliate of National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language, awarded certificates to 58 students. Shields, cups and medals were also given to those who got distinction. The convocation, presided over by Ziauddin Ansari, the director of Khuda Bakhsh Library, focused on the need and relevance of computer education and asked the Muslim boys and girls to gain expertise in it. Dr Rizwan Ahmad, Secretary, Bihar Urdu Academy, said that the institute is going to introduce latest courses in graphics and designing and the entire preparation is in the final stage. The Academy focused on bright future prospects in the field of computer and information technology and urged the community to face competitions.
Dr Md Shamim, MLC, complimented the Academy for successful completion of two years and assured to extend every possible co-operation to further develop computer training centre. He said it is high time to gain professional and technical education to reduce unemployment. Meanwhile other scholars and intellectuals urged the community to keep pace with the fast moving developments in the present time. 

Wood-carving industry
Saharanpur (UP): The president of Saharanpur Wood Carving Manufacturing Association, Haji Iqbal, said that export is the backbone of Indian economy and wood carving industry means employment for thousands. He praised Mohammed Khalid and his services to export in glowing terms. Addressing a function to felicitate Mohammed Khalid, Mr Iqbal said that it is matter of pride for the wood carving industry as such that Mr Khalid has been awarded a National award for it. He excelled besides the odds which the industry is facing in India and abroad, he said. Mr Khalid’s success would certainly lead the industry to brilliant prospects, Mr Iqbal hoped. 
Mr Khalid expressed his thanks and gratitude to skilled craftsmen. The award was given by Union textile minister, Kashi Ram on 2 May 2002, in Delhi. MLA Sanjay Garg and other notable personalities also praised Mr Khalid on the occasion. 

Communal tension in Bangalore
Bangalore: Communal clash broke out between Hindu and Muslim communities during the passing of a religious procession at Tilaknagar and surrounding areas in the city. At least one person was stabbed and 13 people were grievously injured during the violence, police sources informed. Unconfirmed reports, however, said that the person receiving stab injuries has died in a hospital. But Bangalore police commissioner HT Sangliana has strongly denied that the said person has died. Trouble began when people from a particular community obstructed the passing of a religious procession in front of their place of worship in the Tilaknagar locality of the city. People also stoned the religious procession thus resulting in communal tension, reports reaching here said.
According to latest reports curfew has now been imposed in the troubled Tilaknagar area and part of Mico Layout in the city after a fresh incident of violence in which a car was torched by a mob in a slum locality was reported. Curfew would remain in force till normalcy is restored. 12 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve Police have been deployed in the affected areas and sensitive localities, Sangliana said. Meanwhile, 60 people have so far been arrested for rioting, police sources said.

‘Islam more practical than Hinduism’: Govt Guide
New Delhi: Qutub Minar and Adjoining Monuments: A Guide Book, published by the Archaeological Department, Government of India, has described that though Islam is a new religion in India when compared to centuries-old Hinduism, but it (Islam) is far more rational and practical religion vis-a-vis Hinduism. Obviously, whatever has been published in the book is supposedly being perceived as the considered and authentic view of the government of India.
"Islam is comparatively a new religion in respect of Hindu religion which is present in India since centuries….. But it is more practical than Hindu religion….. From nomad Aryans to the British period which is more than three thousand years old….. plunderers and invaders be they Aryans, Greek, Cythians and Persians -- they all have left social and cultural imprint behind which on the face of it is far more terrific than terrorism itself….." The following excerpts from the book which describes Hindu religion as less practical than Islam and Aryans as nomads and invaders, is likely to create an unprecedented furore.
The book is a part of World Heritage Series and has been published by the Directorate General of the Indian Archaeological Department. Most important enough, the book also trashes the views of Pundit Jawahar Lal Nehru and the present Union HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi regarding Aryans. Notably, the Archaeological Department which has published the book falls under Murli Manohar Joshi’s ministry. At a time when the country is already engulfed into the communal fire, the book is likely to fuel even more the anti-Muslim sentiments of the Hindutva brigade – RSS, BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena. 

Urdu schools’ result disappointing
New Delhi: Students in Delhi Urdu schools have failed to do well in the examinations conducted for class X and class XII. Their results have been disappointing to a great extent. In a recent survey conducted by ‘Friends for Education’(FFE), it has been found out that only about 30% of class X students and 28% of class XII students of Delhi’s 37 Urdu medium schools managed to pass this year. The survey also pointed out that most of the students prepared for examinations without any textbooks or teachers. Even the students had to make do without basic infrastructure such as a roof over the school building, the FFE survey cited.
On the basis of the survey, FFE published a report titled ‘Languishing Urdu Medium Schools of Delhi.’ According to the report, dropout rates in these schools were extremely high. Statistics regarding this also revealed that 38% of the dropouts were because of teachers’ negligence, 29% due to parents’ attitude and the rest due to student and community negligence. Five thousand questionnaires had done the rounds for the survey in which nearly 500 families were interviewed. Only 10% had a graduate in the house, the survey also established.

ML irked by Kerala police policy
Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is clearly unhappy with the present police policy being pursued by the Congress-ruled Kerala government. The enormous powers given to the Sub-Inspectors of police and their refusal to pay heed to the political workers at the local level has invited strong displeasure from IUML. E Ahmed, all-India general secretary, and PK Kunhalikutty, IUML Legislature Party leader and Industry-IT Minister, met the state chief minister AK Antony and apprised him of their party’s views regarding the Government’s police policy.
Sources in the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) said that during the course of their meeting the two leaders made it known to the chief minister that though their party fully supported the government’s attempt to depoliticise the police force but there were several lapses in the functioning of the police which should be immediately checked. Besides, depoliticising of the police force did not mean that there should be no political control over the police department’s operations, the IUML leaders categorically stated. The IUML leaders felt that more political control on the police forces was necessary. However, the IUML leaders have raised the same issue which various factions in the Congress have attempted for quite some time. It may be noted that the IUML is a strong ally of the Congress in the present UDF government in the state.

Minorities help Soren elected
Ranchi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the newly-formed state of Jharkhand suffered a crushing blow when its arch rival Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren got elected to Lok Sabha after the bypoll held for Dumka parliamentary constituency. Soren, who is also Rajya Sabha MP, defeated his nearest BJP rival Hembram by a huge margin of over 95,000 votes. Soren polled 2.58 lakh votes. Simon Marandi, Congress candidate and former JMM MP, came third polling less than a lakh votes.
Soren’s election to the Lok Sabha is considered to be a personal blow for the state chief minister Babulal Marandi. Earlier, in 1998, Marandi, the present chief minister, had defeated Soren by over 8,000 votes. Similarly, in 1999 Soren’s wife Rupi Soren was defeated by Marandi by a margin of 4,000 votes. Though anti-incumbency factor cannot be ruled out, but tactical voting by over 1.50 lakh Muslim and Christian voters in Soren’s favour is being widely seen as the chief factor in the defeat of both BJP and Congress parties.
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