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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-30 November 2002

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Ajmer: Muslims are ready to accept court decision on Ayodhya case, even if it goes against them, convener of Babri Masjid Coordination Committee, Syed Shahabuddin said. But he asked whether they would be allowed to construct Babri Masjid if the court verdict was in their favour. He also said that the court decision would be acceptable to All India Babri Masjid Action Committee and All India Muslim Personal Law Board besides Babri Masjid Coordination Committee. Referring to demands of VHP leaders, he said that they would not accept court judgement if it was against them adding that a case for contempt of court should be registered against those giving such statements. He also informed that a seminar would be held in Delhi on December 6 on the occasion of 10th anniversary of Babri Masjidís demolition.

Azamgarh: In protest against the transfer of Azamgarh division commissioner, Iftikharuddin, citizens blocked Azamgarh-Varanasi road on November 5 which continued for several hours. A day before, people had sat on a dharna in front of the commissionerís office demanding the government to withdraw the transfer order. There were tears in the eyes of many people when Iftikharuddin was leaving Azamgarh. He, however assured the people that he would try to solve the problems of the people of Azamgarh wherever he might be.

New Delhi: All India Urdu Stenographers Association held 3rd All India Urdu Typing Contest on October 27 at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi. Zafar Saifullah, former cabinet secretary, Government of India distributed shields and certificates. Chief guest and minister for food supplies, Government of Delhi, Haroon Yusuf said that Delhi government would soon set up an Urdu Department and that a translator, a stenographer and a typist would be appointed at every department of Delhi government. He said that Delhi government is considering about introducing an Urdu professional course. Zafar Saifullah informed people of the importance of Urdu stenography and Urdu computer software. 

Lakhimpur: The issue of developing Ambedkar park on Karbala and Idgah lands in Jalalpur village in Pila constituency is taking serious turn. Protesting against the decision, hundreds of Samajwadi Party workers and local people headed by Samajwadi Party district president Arvind Giri undertook a long march on foot upto the disputed land adjacent to the century old Idgah. Addressing the people Arvind Giri said that court decision was in their favour and it had disallowed development of any park, yet some people want to develop the park, he said adding that this wonít be permitted considering peoples sentiments. He said that it was a symbolic strike and that a bigger movement would be launched if any statue was erected there. Other leaders also threatened of dire consequences. They said that this was being done at the behest of government. Dr Kaushal Verma said that the government wanted Gujarat-like situation to be repeated adding that such plans would not be allowed to take place.

Bhubaneshwar: Communal tension gripped the Patapol area of Cuttack, Orissa since October 27 after members of two communities pelted stones at each other. Tension arose when a puja procession of one community came across a wedding procession of the other, inspector in-charge of cantonment police station, Brahmananda Dandpat, said. At least 20 people have sustained injuries, police sources said. 

Coimbatore: Association of Muslim Colleges of Tamil Nadu (AMCTN) closed down higher educational institutions affiliated to it on October 24 protesting against the ordinance banning religious conversions. 
Association's secretary A MM Khaleel, alleging that "every law in the country has been misused by law enforcing authorities for their political gain," told newspersons that AMCTN at its recent meeting had condemned the ordinance. The association, with 30 arts and science colleges and 37,000 students, supported the views of other minority communities and appealed to them to close down their primary and higher secondary educational institutions, he said. On forming a common front to fight the ordinance, Khaleel said that there was a possibility of one such front, consisting of all minority communities. Appealing to chief minister Jayalalitha to repeal the ordinance for the communal harmony and peace, Khaleel said, if necessary, a call would be given to traders belonging to the minority communities to close down shops and establishments at a later stage.

Srinagar: A book on the siege of Hazratbal shrine in Urdu was released at a function on October 22. Dargah Hazratbal Ka Fauji Muhasara, this 400-page and 99-chapter book by novelist-turned-historian Shabnum Qayoum offers a detailed analysis of the event that took Kashmir to the front pages the world over. It also offers the chronological details of the event that spanned around a month and carried the views expressed by almost all the top leaders and the newspapers. 
The siege that started on October 15, 1993 was, by then, the longest ever siege in Kashmir. Kashmir remained deserted for a long period and in areas like Bijbehara where devotees came out in protest against the siege, the army fired upon them killing scoress of people. The siege, however, ended without any major blood-letting after some senior citizens took the initiative. All the people who remained besieged in the shrine were taken into custody and released as per the agreement reached between the two sides. Qayoum has detailed the entire series of events with a little analysis. 
It is worth mentioning here that Qayoum started his career as author with his debut novel Yeh Kiska Lahoo Hai Kaun Mara. The novel that talked about a beautiful woman, was actually about the making of Kashmir crisis. The book, sold like hot cakes as it could quench the thirst of many people in their own language. Later, Qayoum did a 5-volume book on Kashmir history Kashmir Ka Siyasi Inqilab. During last 14 years of strife, he also authored a few books about human rights violations especially women. He is working on two more books. 

New Delhi: Some students of Jamia Millia Islamia are demanding revival of students union which was banned six years ago. They say that those in favour of its revival want it so because "peace has returned to the JMI campus". However, the JMI authorities do not seem to entertain the demand. "The union had become a training ground for politics but we do not want the university to be a political platform", said a senior university official. JMI vice chancellor, Syed Shahid Mehdi said that he could not sacrifice the interests of 4,000 students for the demands of a small group. The other reason given is that the on-campus encroachments by small shop owners had become a centre for anti-social activities, while on the other hand some students say that raising oneís voice against authorities and questioning them tantamounts to inviting trouble. "We have problems but cannot raise our voice as our careers are on the line," said a student. However, the authorities say that banning the union does not mean deprivation of studentsí democratic rights and that regular meetings with faculty nominated students were held and the problems raised by them were duly taken care of. 

Aligarh: A meeting of Babri Masjid Action Committee was held at Qazi Para, Aligharh under the presidentship of Babar Ilyas. The meeting expressed concern over open exhibition of arms by some Hindu organisations in markets on the occasion of Dussehra festival. The meeting said that the hidden purpose behind arms display and worship was to terrorise Muslims. The meeting also condemned the American priest Jerry Falwell for his recent blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kanpur: Human Resources Development Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi has asked Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal to produce his evidence against jihadi terrorism to government of India. Joshi was talking to media persons in Kanpur. He said that when Prime Minister AB Vajpayee was speaking of terrorism as taking its last breath, he probably thought that terrorists were unveiled and fruitful results of war against terror were coming out.

New Delhi: A 25-member deputation led by Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind visited Sholapur to review post-riot situations of the town on October 18. The deputation included representatives of All India Christian Council, AP Tribal Federation and press representatives. According to a preliminary survey conducted by the deputation, the riot cannot be described as Hindu-Muslim clash. It was state police action against the minorities on the pattern of Gujarat. The shops of Muslims had been identified beforehand for loot and arson. 
Muslims demonstrated in protest against a disrespectful remark by an American priest. There was no provocation by demonstrators. But without resorting to lathi charge or use of tear gas, the police fired at the gathering without warning, killing nine persons. The police ganged up with Shiv Sena and RSS workers in looting 214 shops and houses. Ninety-nine per cent among them belonged to Muslims. About three hundred persons suffered sword and bullet injuries. So far culprits have not been apprehended. In addition to demanding compensation to successors of those killed, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has demanded removal and prosecution of the officials, alleged of complicity in the riot, immediate steps for rehabilitation of the victims and ban on the activities of RSS and Shiv Sena. Jamiat leaders have issued a warning that if no action was taken on their demands, they will soon start a non-violent civil disobedience movement in Maharashtra on the lines of that which concluded in Delhi on October 15.

On October 13 a free medical camp was organised in Faiz-e-Aam Muslim School by Dr Abdus Salam, an orthopaedic surgeon of Avadh Ortho Centre and Dr Afroz Khan of Care Hospital - the renowned doctors of the city. They examined 218 patients of 24 villages and gave medicines free of cost. People appreciated the services of these doctors and organisers. In a predominant Muslim area this camp benefited the poor Muslims particularly.

Islamic Centre Andamans, Stewart Gunj organized an Inter-Faith meet on concept of God in major religions on October 6 at Dr BR Ambedkar Auditorium. Swami Amritarupananda of Ramakrishna Mission spoke on the uniqueness of God quoting from Holy Quran and Holy Vedas. Dr Zakir Naik, President, Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai read out the key note address. The talk was followed by an Open Question & Answer session in which questions posed by people of different faiths were convincingly answered by Dr Zakir Naik with reason, logic and science. The function started with the recitation of Quranic verses by C Abdu and it was presided by the Chairman, Islamic Centre Andamans, AP Mohammed. Mohammed H Jadwet, President, Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry presented vote of thanks.

Meerut: To promote modern technical education and peace and unity, 10th All India Islamic Education Conference is going to be held in Meerut on December 23. This was announced by Qazi Qamruddin, president of All India Jammat-e-Amn-o-Ittihad. He said that the purpose of the seminar was basically to spread the message of education and peace to people.

Hyderabad: Noted poet Rahman Jamiís collection of poetry was released in the presence of Urdu litterateurs on October 8 at Urdu Hall, Himayat Nagar in Hyderabad. Dr Zeenat Sajidah released the book. The function was organised by the collective collaboration of four Urdu institutions. Two other books: Fastat and Arghan were also released on the occasion.


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