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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 July
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BLAST IN MUZAFFARNAGAR
Muzaffarnagar: The Muazzin of the Jama Masjid of the city was injured as two
bomb blasts ripped across the mosque in Kotwali Police circle here on 21 June.
A Hindu fundamentalist group called Hindu Karantikari Dharam Raksha Sena has
owned responsibility for the blasts since pamphlets listing the five-point
charter of demands of the organization were found littered all around the mosque
after the blast.
As per the news Moazzin of the mosque Abdul Karim was cleaning the mosque when
two blasts occurred at 4 am in the morning. Though not much harm was done to the
mosque but Abdul Karim sustained several injuries. As the news spread in the
city in the morning, infuriated Muslim youths assembled in front of the mosque
shouting slogans against the authorities and the culprits. It is said that the
police was also startled by this unusual incident in the city. A big tragedy was
averted by senior Muslim leaders of the city who sent the infuriated Muslim
youths to their houses who were enraged over this extreme step of Hindu
fundamentalists. Police has failed to nab the culprits so far.
SETTING AN EXAMPLE
Calcutta: The small mosque at Dhobitala in Tangra on the eastern fringes of
the metropolitan is packed every Friday afternoon. Not just for the Friday
prayers but also what follows soon after.
Saffron and white robed monks move into the premises soon after the prayers are
over and start their work as they have been doing for the last eight years ever
since the December 1992 riots following the demolition of Babri Masjid.
The monks and disciples of Yogadaya Satsnaga Society of India have been running
a medical camp for the 12000 odd residents of the area, curing skin and stomach
diseases and tuberculosis.
Dhobiatala, with a predominantly Muslim populace, was perhaps worst affected by
the 1992 riots. Many houses in the slum had been burnt down and the people had
lost their homes. The head of our Math at Dakshineshwar, Swami Sudhanandji
decided to rebuild the houses and provide succor to the people there, says
Rajendra Thakur, a disciple of the order says. The society's project at
Dhobiatala was inaugurated by Mother Teresa in end-December that year.
Since the mosque with a small school adjoining it, was the only place found
large enough to hold a medical camp, the mosque authorities were approached and
they readily agreed to give out the space.
Allahabad: Muslim organizations and other sections of the society have
objected to a judgment delivered by the Allahabad High Court justifying the
live-in arrangement between a man and woman without marriage. Ulama have termed
the judgement as un-Islamic whereas others have called it westernized approach.
The court had recently justified the live in arrangement between a man and woman
saying that this arrangement is legal though it may not be acceptable in the
society. Mufti Owais Akram said that the verdict is totally un-Islamic and added
that Islam does not any allow live-in relationship between a man and woman
without nikah. He also said that it is totally unlawful in Islam. Mufti Waseem
Ahmad said that it is totally illogical to believe that a man and woman will
refrain from making contacts while living together.
Pradeep Kumar Jain said that the decision will introduce western culture in the
country and added that it may cause the disintegration of the society in the
country. He said that marriage is the only way of survival of the Indian
New Delhi: United Communist Party of India has moved the Delhi High Court
against the government's decision to hand over the maintenance of Taj Mahal to a
In a public interest litigation, UCPI has stated that private agencies would
exploit the monuments more for commercial purposes rather than maintaining them
as per rules and guidance.
A division bench comprising Mukul Mudgal and SK Kaul heard brief argument on the
matter before stating that the matter would be placed before a regular bench
shortly for further hearing. The court also directed the UCPI counsel to file a
supportive affidavit to help establish the locus standi of UCPI in challenging
the government's decision.
The petition which names the Union Ministry of Culture and Archeological Survey
of India as respondents, states that the daily income from Taj Mahal was not
less than Rs 4 million, while expenditure on its maintenance is only about Rs
50000 a day. The petition further stated that the government is considering to
sign a similar agreement for the maintenance of Red Fort as well.
The government had recently signed an MoU with a private company. According to
the MoU, apart from maintaining the structure, the private company would also
improve the ambiance. The first phase of the project is to be completed within
Kanpur: Mirza Tanners Ltd. is India's foremost shoe manufacturer. The
integrated shoe manufacturing unit makes over 3 million pairs of men's leather
shoes annually. This is possible with five state of the art plants spread across
the country. It claims to have captured 15 percent of the leather footwear
market in the country. Red Tape is considered synonymous with high fashion range
of casual and semi formal shoes for men. Its other brands are Oaktrak, Alloys,
The designs of shoes are sketched in London, with a discerning eye on the
fashion and trends. Last year company's turnover was Rs 16-18 crore. Now they
have the ambition to cross the Rs 100 crore mark in next five years. Their stall
in Pargati Maidan in New Delhi in recently held Shoe Fair was a mammoth success.
Irshad Mirza, the chairman of the company is also the chairman of the Council
for the Leather Exports. He was the brain behind organizing the shoe fair this
year. He is also the chairman of the state Minority Commission, UP.
BJP: BLOW HOT, BLOW COLD
New Delhi: The BJP will not make the Ayodhya temple a poll plank during the
forthcoming assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, party national secretary Mukhtar
Abbas Naqvi announced here recently.
Talking to the media persons after the conclusion of a two-day national
executive meeting of the minority morcha of the party, Naqwi said: Ayodhya will
not be an issue in assembly polls in UP and other states.
When asked about home minister LK Advani's assertion before the Liberhan
Commission that he was proud of his association with the Ramjanambhoomi movement
Naqvi dismissed it as Advani's personal view.
The executive adopted a resolution strongly condemning disturbances created by
some 'fundamentalist' Muslims over Gadar. The resolution appealed to the Muslim
community not to become puppets in the hands of anti-national elements. The
morcha expressed its surprise over the fact that no Muslim leader had so far
condemned this act.
BJP minority morcha is propped up by the fundamentalist party every time when
the elections approach. This time too, the party whose fortunes seem to be
plummeting like never before is trying to cash in on disgruntled Muslim votes
who do not want to go along with any so-called secular parties including the
Congress, SP and BSP. The party finds people in Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and several
others of his inkling to play in its hands.
RAJNATH TO RESCUE MADRASA TEACHERS
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh has announced
plans to take legislative measures to improve the service conditions of teachers
and other employees working in Urdu, Arabic and Persian madrasas.
Talking to newspersons the chief minister said the Government would soon come up
with the U.P. Urdu Persian Madrasa Education Act to frame service rules for the
teachers and other employees of these institutions and also to improve the
working conditions and administrations of these schools. A Madrasa Education
Board will also be set up for this purpose for which he announced a grant of Rs.
one crore. As the State Legislature would take time to be summoned, an ordinance
would be promulgated by the Governor to translate these decisions into an Act,
Mr. Singh said.
Over the demands of the teachers and employees present at the panchayat, the
Chief Minister said that benefits such as medical and earned leave, and
maternity leave in case of female workers and reimbursement would also be taken
care of in the Act.
An 11-member committee would also be constituted to review and examine the
problems and difficulties of these schools and give its recommendations within
two months to improve their lot. The committee would also recommend measures to
improve the status and standard of Urdu and Persian languages. A special fund
would also be created for this purpose.
A full-time registrar will also be appointed in the Board to conduct the
examinations in time.
He also announced the creation of a special fund to honour and institute awards
to Arabic intellectuals.
All these steps, however, appear to be pre-election trappings because the Chief
Minister had also held similar meetings with teachers of other categories of
schools such as Sanskrit Pathshalas and government-aided schools to assure them
of many facilities.
JHARKHAND GOVT IGNORING MUSLIMS
Ranchi: Marandi government is ignoring 33.per cent Muslims of the state.
Under the pressure of RSS, the government seems to be bent upon demolishing all
Muslim institutions. The 3-member delegation of Indian Union Muslim League told
Shahi Imam Syed Ahmad Bukhari.
The delegates appealed the Imam to visit the state and tell the Muslims to be
united. The Imam promised to visit the state in October. Muslims of the state,
forming 33% of its population, have been completely ignored in the bills passed
by the state government, the delegates told the Imam. The Marandi government has
announced Rs. 10 crore only for Madrasa Board, Hajj programmes, Waqf Board and
Urdu Academy, which shows government’s step-motherly treatment towards Muslims.
After 53 years of India’s freedom, Muslims have got only unemployment,
illiteracy and humiliation, the Imam said. Often they have been accused of being
ISI agents and Bangladeshis, he added. And this is all because we trusted
others. He said that the sacrifices of our ancestors have been forgotten.
MURADABAD’S COMMUNAL HARMONY AT STAKE
Muradabad: Mischief-mongers tried to disturb the communal harmony of
Muradabad, but the alertness of police saved the situation. According to a
report, a Tablighi Jama’at had come in Angurwali Masjid in Katghar police
circle. Late night, after Isha, (night prayer) two maulanas forgot the way to
the mosque. In a Hindu-muslim mingled area, they asked Ramesh, a panwala, the
way to the mosque. It’s said that two youths were standing there in a state of
intoxication. When the maulanas entered the street told by Ramesh, the two
drunkards beat them black and blue. When the news spread, the Muslims of the
near by mohalla gathered there. Seeing the crowd of Muslims, non-muslims too
reached the spot and the situation became tense. When the news of the incident
spread S.P. Naunit Rana reached there along with force. He dispersed the crowd
by force, before people of both sides could get excited. The news spread like
Till late at night the police could not detect the drunkards. Had the police not
reached there, the harmonious atmosphere of the town might have been at stake.
In the meantime a few members of the Babri Masjid Action Committee and National
Loktantrik leaders reached there. The police have been on guard, but there has
been no arrest so far.