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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 October 2002

Community: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

SM Khan, President of India’s press secretary, inaugurates a new wing of South Delhi’s God’s Grace School on Oct. 9

AMU CULTURAL PROGRAMME
Aligarh: A delegation of more than a dozen stage-related students of Osaka University of Foreign Studies Japan presented two lively Hindi plays at Women’s College Auditorium, Aligarh Muslim University on September 12. The plays were Mast Ram Kapoor’s Ab Hum Azad Hain and Rajendra Sharma’s Dil Ki Dukaan.
A Japanese professor of Hindi and other Indian languages at Osaka University said that these plays were to mark the 50th anniversary of Indo-Japan diplomatic relations. 
In her welcome address, principal of Women’s College, Prof. Amina Kishwar said that it was a matter of pride for them that Indian languages specially Hindi were drawing Japanese students’ attention. Dr Atiya Abid said that these plays would prompt many students to learn foreign languages. Japanese artistes had proved that nothing was impossible if done diligently, she said. Chief guest and wife of AMU vice chancellor Anjum Ahmad presented souvenirs to the Japanese guest professor and students.

SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN UTTARANCHAL
Manglaur: About a dozen people were injured in sectarian violence between Muslims of two villages. On September 28, residents of Nasirpur Khurd and Josadpur, under Pathri police station in Haridwar district (UP) clashed with each other over a religious ruling (fatwa). Supporters of two panchayat members resorted to stone-pelting and wielding of sticks which left about a dozen injured, who were later hospitalised. Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and police were deployed in both the villages after the incident. People of the two villages are reported to be frequently involved in such sectarian clashes. However, people from both the sects have strongly condemned the incident.

URDU NEWS BULLETIN DEMANDED
Jammu: Members of Rasa Javedani Memorial Literary Society held a meeting recently to discuss issues pertaining to the development of Urdu language and literature in Jammu and Kashmir. The members expressed concern over a number of vacant posts of Urdu lecturers in several Higher Secondary schools in the state.
Though the demand for setting up an Urdu Academy (along with a blue print) was submitted to the chief minister long ago, the government has not yet taken any initiative in this direction, the meeting felt.
Reiterating its long-pending demand, the society urged the government to start an Urdu news bulletin from both Radio Kashmir, Jammu and Doordarshan, Jammu.

HAJ HOUSE IN JHARKHAND
Ranchi: As a part of minority development programme, Jharkhand government has decided to build a Haj house in the state. Minister for Welfare and chairman of Haj Committee, Arjun Mandal told media persons that work for location of land for building the Haj house has been started. As many as 813 people have applied for Haj this year.

A GRAND EVENING OF STORY WRITERS
New Delhi: Organised by Urdu refresher course an evening of story writing was celebrated on September 28 at Academic Staff College, Jamia Millia Islamia. Anjum Usmani, patron of Delhi Doordarshan’s Urdu programme Bazm, presided over the meeting. Introducing the short-story writers to the audience, Farooq Bakhshi said that story writers penned down what was happening around and that they were not out of the context of the world around them. 
Prof. Akhtar Siddiqui, director of the Academic Staff College said that story writing was an art while reading stories was another type of art. When the two are combined, they become a good story, he said. Various story-writers presented their stories some of whom were highly appreciated.

GOD’S GRACE SCHOOL
New Delhi: At the invitation of God’s Grace School, Shahzad Mohammed Khan, press secretary to the President of India visited the school on October 9. Inaugurating the new academic block of the school, he said that the country celebrates birth anniversaries of two of its great sons, Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He hoped that the school produces people like them. He invited students of the school to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan and meet President Kalam.

Iqra in Bangladesh
Uzma Naheed, the chief functionary of Iqra Education Foundation in India recently returned from Bangladesh. She visited the country at the invitation of Miss Mujahida Lanceford, an American Muslim covert and principal of Manarat College Dhaka.
Welcoming the guest Lanceford said that ever since she saw Iqra books in USA, she was yearning to introduce them in her school and college in Bangladesh. The price of books in dollars, however had been a prohibitive factor. The books now have been reproduced at international standard at an affordable price.
Addressing the meeting Uzma Naheed said that modern communication and multimedia had converted the world into a global village where Muslim children were in constant contact with children of other faith. It was therefore imperative that our children had adequate knowledge of Islam, not only to refute allegations against Islam but also to convey its message to others in the best possible way taking the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as their role model in dealing with people of other faith and belief as did the Prophet with Jews, Christians and others, she said. Introducing the course she said that Iqra International Education Foundation, Chicago, (USA) had prepared a comprehensive course of Islamic education to inculcate Islamic values in children. Consisting more than 120 books, the course has been prepared in 25 years under the guidance of above 200 ulama and educationist from all over the world. These books cover varied subjects like Qur’an, Hadith, Seerah, Fiqh, Aqaid, Akhlaq, etc. The course is taught in seven languages in more than 40 countries all over the world. The foundation has now introduced the course in Urdu and is to introduce it in Hindi and other regional languages, she informed. Since the syllabus is prepared with application of modern techniques being used in USA and Europe, the teachers require training which is being provided by Iqra Education Foundation Mumbai, free of cost. On the keen interest of several schools and educationists in Bangladesh to introduce the course there, Iqra has fixed a date for teachers training in Dhaka and Chitagong before it is adopted there. 

MUSLIM LEADERS OF BJP
Kolkata: The position of Muslim leaders in the BJP is similar to that of those in the Congress in pre-independent India. BJP vice president of West Bengal. Muzaffar Khan says that Muslim leaders in the BJP are dubbed as ‘traitors and enemies of Muslims’ by their own community.
On the occasion of Rahat Hossain’s appointment as vice president of BJP’s National Minority Morcha recently, Khan said that his decision to join BJP in 1989 had created a great hue and cry so much so that he was labelled as kafir. He recalled the event of December 6, 1992, the day Babri Masjid was demolished. He along with his wife and small daughter had to flee from his house following the threats to his life and strong reaction from Muslims. Hossain and his son too were attacked. Khan says though a number of Muslims have joined the BJP, they are still looked down upon by Muslims. He hoped that history would repeat itself as had happened with Muslims who had joined Congress in pre-independent India and had to face their community’s anger but ever since Independence Congress is considered a secular and minority-friendly party. 

VHP BANDH IN NIZAMABAD
Nizamabad: Bharat Bandh call of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena activists on September 27 following the terrorist attack on Swaminarayan temple in Ahmedabad had a little impact on Nizamabad town of Andhra Pradesh. Verbal duel and skirmishes followed on VHP activists’ demand to compulsorily close down shops at Muslim dominated Ahmadi Bazar. The verbal duel between VHP activists and shop owners created stampede in the area. City superintendent of police reached the spot and controlled the furious mob. Police personnel which included some senior police officers were deployed to maintain peace and harmony in the town.

POLICE ACTION PREVENTS TROUBLE
Utraula (Balrampur): The police on September 10 foiled a bid for creating trouble by taking timely action against some mischievous elements. According to information, when the Chhati procession of Shrikrishan’s birth anniversary was converging through the town in its traditional style, some mischievous elements shouted anti-police and administration slogans for restricting their entry in certain areas. They crossed the line of demarcation drawn by the police and forced their entry to other areas. When the police tried to prevent them, they resorted to pelting stones at the police. The police had to resort to lathicharge to control the mischievous mob. Timely police action prevented any untoward incident.

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