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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-30 September 2002

Community: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 

Momin Conference president Naimullah Ansari releasing Secular Horror at Aligarh. To his left is author MK Sherwani. Begum Rehanociety at Borli Panchtan.

URDU FADING IN UP, THRIVING IN MAHARASHTRA
Allahabad: After returning from the 10-day Urdu Teachersí Workshop, Mumbai, organised by Maharashtra Urdu Academy, which started form August 1, Dr Ali Ahmad Fatmi, an eminent progressive litterateur and reader at the Department of Urdu, Allahabad University said that the position of Urdu in Maharashtra is far better than UP. Urdu medium schools are doing laudable services for the promotion and dissemination of Urdu. Urdu teachers of Maharashtra not only know Urdu very well, but most of them have come from Urdu medium schools, he said. We should emulate their teaching method for primary and junior level Urdu medium schools here. These schools have steadfastly preserved Muslim culture in Mumbai especially in Muslim dominated areas, he maintained. Dr Fatmi was invited for training the teachers at the workshop as a representative of Uttar Pradesh.

ALWI SAMAJ LAYS EMPHASIS ON EDUCATION
Aligarh: A meeting of Alwi Samaj of Aligarh was held on August 24 chaired by Jameel Alvi. Syed Shihabuddin, president of the organisation said that since Alvis lagged behind due to lack of education, schools would be set up in every ward of the town. Muhammad Shakeel Alvi, spokesman of the organisation said that welfare work would be done along with the people of other communities.

MUSLIM LEADERS HARASSED IN UP
Faizabad: State incharge of Apna Dal, Om Parkash Verma has accused the BSP-BJP government in Uttar Pradesh of harassing Muslim leaders under a concerted conspiracy. Chief Minister Mayawati has become a puppet in the hands of Manuwadi forces. She is not doing anything useful for minorities and backward classes, he said, adding that she has been framing ulama and Muslim intellectuals under false charges at the instance of BJP. He accused that Muslim monuments were being neglected and no repair work was being done to dilapidating historical buildings. Graveyards and waqf properties are being given on lease, he said while citing a few examples. Historical Shahjahani Masjid near Puri in Ayodhya needs repair but she has kept mum in this regard also, he said.

ZISHAN NOT SELECTED FOR ARJUN AWARD
Kolkata: Former coach of Davis Cup India, Akhtar Ali is surprised as to why Zishan Aliís name has not been included for Arjun award. It is surprising as to why the former tennis player Zishan, despite his outstanding performance has not been selected for the award, he said. It should be recalled that during the Asian Games 1990 and 1994, Zishan won bronze and gold medals respectively and is the only Indian player after Laender Paes and Ramesh Krishnan to qualify for the second round in the Olympic Games. Sandeep Kirtan, who has been selected for this yearís Arjun award lags far behind Zishan. Akhtar is angry over this decision and says that people were hopeful that Zishan would be selected for the award. Sports Minister Uma Bharti had last year assured him that justice would be done to Zishan. She had also sent Zishanís bio-data to the president of Selection Committee and former badminton player Parkash Yadava, said Akhtar. Some force is working behind the scene which dashes Zishanís hopes every year, Akhtar added.

ALL INDIA POETIC SYMPOSIUM 
New Delhi: Presided over by Siraj Hussain, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, Delhi Urdu Academy organised an All India Mushaira on August 12 at FICCI Auditorium Delhi. Zafar Ali Naqvi, chairman Delhi Minorities Commission and guest at the symposium paid tributes to freedom fighters of India. Focussing on the ongoing situations in the country, he said that time has come for the poets to play their part. The chief guest and minister for food and civil supplies, Haroon Yusuf said that though freedom fighters had given us freedom, we could not preserve it. While expressing sorrow over communal violence in Gujarat he said that we have to fight another battle against communalism, hatred and prejudice. Poets can play significant role by creating public awareness in this regard, he said. Siraj Hussain, the VC of Jamia Hamdard in his emotional and optimistic style said that we would build an India of the dreams of freedom fighters who happily sacrificed their lives for its freedom. Here are a few couplets of the symposium:
Sahib-e dil app bhi hain thande di se sochiye 
kya kisi ke aansuon par muskurana chahiye.
Sochiye aakhir yeh kis zulm ki padash hai
Rut hai barkha ki magar qatra nahin hai nir ka.
Junoon itna ziyadah ho gaya hai
Ke baghi shahzadah ho gaya hai.
(You too have a heart, think for a moment, should one laugh at othersí tears. Think of which injustice is this nemesis, the rainy season has not a drop of water. Madness has become so widespread, that rebel has turned into prince.)

AIMMM ON GUJARAT POLLS
New Delhi: Welcoming the decision for not holding early elections in Gujarat, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Syed Shahabuddin has urged the Election Commission to have a close look at the situations in Gujarat, so that fear vanishes from the state. He said in a press release that despite mounting pressure of BJP and state and central governments, the Majlis highly appreciates the stand of the Election Commission based on ground realities. The Majlis has demanded removal of Modi government saying that Modi is the biggest hurdle in restoring normalcy in the state. It has also demanded change of the governor and imposition of presidential rule in the state to create a congenial atmosphere for elections. It has also demanded ban on VHP and Bajrang Dal to end the psychosis of fear in the state. 

WOH KAUN THA ON ETV URDU CHANNEL
New Delhi: Produced by Arsala Quraishi of Shishe Ka Ghar fame, which had gained great popularity, the sensational serial Woh Kaun Tha is being telecast on ETVís Urdu channel from August 24. The serial, based on the story of novelist and short-story writer (late) Shahid Pervez, has been prepared under the guidance of filmmaker and lyricist Gulzar and prominent poet Salahuddin Pervez. The serial is different and unique, having an element of curiosity and suspense as well.

JOBS TO HEIRS OF JAIPUR RIOT VICTIMS
Jaipur: During the 8-year BJP rule in Rajasthan, Jaipur witnessed the worst communal violence in 1990 and 1992 in its history in which 66 innocent lives were lost. It was decided during a meeting of the BJP cabinet on October 29, 1990 that help would be provided to the riot-affected people. According to the decision taken in this meeting, one relative in each of the 66 families which had lost a member was to be given a government job. But in the eight years of BJP government, only 12 people were given jobs. While four out of the remaining 54 could not be identified, the petitions of eight others were rejected.
Though late, the promise is being fulfilled now by Congress Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot. According to information, the CM has issued orders for appointment to 41 heirs of the victims who were deprived of government jobs. These include 37 men and 4 women. 29 of them are Muslims while 12 are Hindus. Three have been appointed clerks as per their qualifications while others have been appointed as class IV employees.

WORKSHOP ON URDU PUBLISHERS
New Delhi: National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) organised a workshop on August 26 on Marketing of Books in Urdu and other Regional Languages in Pargati Maidan Delhi. Director of NCPUL, Dr Hameedullah Bhat said that the general impression regarding marketing of Urdu books being limited was wrong. As NCPUL itself has found, the situation is just the contrary, he said. He said that NCPUL, which has the honour of being the biggest government institution for promotion of Urdu, has published books under 1,000 titles which include subjects like literature, history, science and technology, computer science, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, child literature, etc. The sale of the books published by NCPUL has gone up from 2 lakh in 1996 to 50 lakh this year, he said. Bhat also said that Delhiís Connaught Place would soon have a model Urdu book shop.
Chairing the meeting, Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, vice chairman of NCPUL said that Urdu books were sold more in the US, UK, Canada and Middle East than in India, the land of Khusro and Ghalib which is a matter for introspection.

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