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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 August 2002

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Maulana Abdullah Mughisi (left) after election as secretary general of the Milli Council. To his left are Abdul Wahab Khilji and Manzoor Alam.

Aligarh: Consultative body of the Indian Muslim Political Conference (IMPC) held a meeting in Aligarh on August 3 to discuss various issues concerning Muslims in India and abroad. The meeting was convened by Saleem Peerzada, national convenor of IMPC. It was attended by a sizeable number of intellectuals, social activists, politicians and representatives of different organisations. 
The meeting passed a resolution condemning the Gujarart riots and the government’s move to hold early elections before normalcy is restored in riot ravaged areas of the state. It demanded that visas should be granted to all international human rights organisations including Amnesty International to probe Gujarat riots. It condemned the intermittent outrageous and blasphemous remarks of VHP and its sister outfits against Muslims, Islam and the Qur’an while demanding a ban on the distribution of Trishul and other lethal arms to terrorise Muslims, Christians and other minority communities. The meeting appealed to the government to also take notice of the merciless killing of Palestinians by Israeli army.

Sant Ravidasnagar (Bhadohi): Law and order situation in the carpet town of Bhadohi in eastern Uttar Pradesh has aggravated. Industrialists stir out of their houses at the risk of their lives, afraid of being looted or killed any time. People are murdered and looted almost every day. Mafia is so influential in government that it can get transfers and appointments of government officers of its own choice. Such elements exercise great influence even in resolving panchayat disputes. Goonda tax collection has become order of the day. The carpet industry is also facing a slump. Banks too are largely responsible for pushing the industry to the verge of collapse.
Bhadohi is a major carpet centre with an 80 per cent share in Indian carpet export. There has been a spurt in cases of murder and loot under Mayawati's government. Carpet exporters have decided to take out a silent demonstration in protest against police laxity and inaction.

Allahabad: In view of the increasing number of blue bulls and the damage caused by them, the Uttar Pradesh government has allowed farmers to hunt them.
Moreover, the government has said that it is a common misconception among people that blue bull is from species of cow. According to zoology, the origin of blue bull is not traced to the species of cow.

New Delhi: It was stated in the Lok Sabha on July 16 that government had no intention to enact a law to have control over madrasahs.
Minister of state for home affairs ID Swamy said in a written statement during question hour that according to available information some madrasahs were involved in anti-national activities.
In reply to another question he said that a media management secretariat would be set up in his ministry which would formulate policies and programmes for collection of information for internal security. The secretariat would be a link between home ministry and Press Bureau of India (PIB), he added. 
Patna: Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, administrator Imarate Shariah, Bihar, has said in a statement that Constitution of India allows minorities to set up their own educational institutions for safeguarding their culture and civilisation. Hence the state government should recognise their educational institutions, especially technical institutions. It would not be proper to enforce reservation policy in their institutions because these were set up to promote education among minorities, he said.
He has submitted to the Bihar government that since these institutions do not get government grant, they should be exempted from reservation policy as is the case in West Bengal, Gujarat and Karnataka. If the government does not consider these facts, it would mean that it is taking steps to close these institutions, he added.

Bahraich: "As against Mayawati government's claim of minorities' development, Urdu teachers are receiving half of their salaries because of anti-Muslim attitude of basic education officer of Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh and they are facing economic strain." This was stated by Raees Ahmad Siddiqui, president of Uttar Pradesh Urdu Teachers' Association (UPUTA) at a meeting in Bahraich. Despite the amended order of the basic education secretary dated 11-04-2002, hundreds of Urdu teachers of Bahraich district have been receiving half salary for three months. Siddiqui said that teachers who were appointed in 1994-95 and had no Muallim's degree, had been getting trained grade salary after they obtained Muallim's degree. But a year before the fall of Rajnath Singh's government they were exploited under a non-authoritative controversial order. After protest and agitation led by UP Urdu Teachers' Association, Urdu teachers started getting full salaries from 1997 onwards. But the pre-1997 scenario is being repeated. District president of UPUTA, Jamal Azhar Siddiqui, has threatened that if the basic education officer did not pay full salaries along with the arrears within fifteen days, they would gherao the district officers of basic education.

New Delhi: The issue of shifting the central office of the Haj Committee from Mumbai to Delhi is coming into focus along with the preparations of Haj for the next year. All India Haj Sewa Samiti, involved for several years in getting the demands and requirements of prospective Hajis accepted by the government has announced that it would start a public awakening campaign in 14 central, northern and eastern states of India.
National president of the samiti Hafiz Naushad Ahmad Azmi, has said that the government's step of moving its own bill regarding shifting the Central Haj Office from Mumbai to Delhi indicates that it has succumbed to the pressure of Mumbai's influential people who want the office to be maintained in that city for their own selfish interests. He said that the government had clearly said while presenting the bill in the Rajya Sabha in September 2000 that the Central Office of Haj should be shifted to Delhi. It was also stated at that time that there would be a regional office in Mumbai. Naushad said if the head office came to Delhi, it would be convenient to two-thirds of Haj pilgrims as they belonged to north Indian states. Former MP Syed Shahabuddin also shared this view. Naushad rejected the views of the minister of state for external affairs, Omar Abdullah, who had said that shifting of the head office would increase the financial burden on the exchequer. 

Tanda: Opposition leader in Uttar Pradesh Muhammad Azam Khan has said that wounds of Muslims are being reopened by taking out yatras in Gujarat. None can be happy over inhuman cruelties perpetrated on human beings nor was it something to feel proud of. BJP and state governments of Gujarat have shown their narrow sympathies by taking out yatras, Azam Khan said, speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of Sunrise Inter College, situated in Sir Syed Nagar of Tanda district of Uttar Pradesh. He appealed to the people to educate girls along with boys. Khan, a Samajwai party leader, asked people to reduce their food budget and spend the money on children's education to build their future.

Delhi: A grand educational get-together was held on July 22 on the occasion of 64th foundation day of Delhi's well-known institution Nadwatual Musannifin, established in 1938. The occasion was also marked by the 19th death anniversary of its founder and freedom fighter Mufti Atiqur Rahman Usmani, a close friend of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Justice Sardar Ali, former chairman of MRTP Commission, presided over the meeting. Mufti Amidur Rahman Usmani, director of Nadwatul Musannifin and editor of monthly Burhan, while explaining the aims and objectives of the institute, said that it had introduced Indian culture to Islamic countries by publishing rare and priceless informative books.
Hakeem Hafizur Rahman, Qari Muhammad Idris, an imam of Jama Masjid Delhi, journalist Mahmud Saeed Bilali, KN Singh Rathore, director of World Mass Communication and other guests spoke on the importance and achievements of the institute. They also condemned the ongoing trend of misusing the term jihad in political discourse.


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