PRESS FREEDOM INDISPENSABLE FOR PROGRESS
Mysore: Progress is impossible without freedom of press. It is a means to raise people’s voice to authorities at the helm of affairs. A journalist is a responsible member of the society. He writes whatever he observes, hence he should have an objective view. These views were expressed by Taj Muhammad Khan, trustee of Rifahul Muslimeen Educational Trust, Farooqia Pre-University College at a seminar and workshop on Urdu journalism. Zahuraul Haque, senior research officer, IIMC, New Delhi lamented that Urdu-speaking people were unaware and deprived of the revolutionary gift of electronic media. He hoped that the management of Farooqia College will start a part-time mass media course. M Athar Ahmad, assistant director of AIR, Bangalore presented a detailed review of new trends in radio and television broadcastings. Presiding over the meeting Wahab Andalib asked young journalists to be impartial and straight forward in their profession. Tributes were paid to Mir Badruddin Ali, editor of Urdu daily Salar who died recently.
SEMINAR ON SHAH WALIULLAH
Aligarh: A two-day seminar on Quranic services of Shah Waliullah of Delhi was organised by the Department of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University. Speaking on this occasion, Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad said the services rendered for interpretation and understanding of Quran by Shah Waliullah are bright chapters of Islamic history. We are recognised due to Quran and we should encourage Quranic commands, he said and added that the language in which the Quran was revealed was our sweetest language. The subsequent interpreters have greatly benefited from Shah Waliullah’s exegesis of the Quran and it still benefits the people. Prof. Abdul Ali, head of the department said the articles presented in three seminars on Shah Waliullah are being presented in a book form for wider knowledge of people. The seminar’s director, Prof. Yasin Mazhar Siddiqui said we are not associated with the Quran which is revealed not just for receiving benedictions and blessings. We consider it simply as a relic, instead of following its teachings and commands.
ALIGARH LOCK INDUSTRY IN CRISIS
Aligarh: A meeting of Aligarh Lock Manufacturers and Traders Association was held recently. General secretary Pradeep Kumar Agarwal said that the lock industry which was already going through crisis is now on the verge of collapse due to non-availability of basic facilities and willful activities of business tax officers. Presiding over the meeting, Haji Nasim Akhtar said that locks are made in small factories in villages and that the enforcement of C Form, electricity crisis and increase in the cost of raw materials along with head-strong activities of trade tax officers have greatly affected the industry which will not be tolerated. An Action Committee has been formed in this regard to review situations.
MASS MARRIAGE WITHOUT DOWRY
Azamgarh: In a mass marriage ceremony here at the campus of Patel Inter College, Ardeha, under Ramapur police station, 150 couples tied nuptial knots. These pairs also included a Muslim couple whose marriage was solemnised according to Islamic rites. Though mass marriages are being organised in several parts of the country for sometimes now, this one was unique as all the couples denounced dowry. As young couples from different districts started arriving, a mob of local people was drawn to this unique marriage ceremony. This was the third mass marriage ceremony of its kind organised by social activist Ram Shakal Singh Patel. Ratan Chaudhary, an industrialist from Kolkata, who was the chief guest, blessed the married couples which included 75 couples from scheduled castes, 50 couples from backward classes, 24 pairs from upper castes besides a couple of Muslim community.
AMU GIRLS SCHOOL MAGAZINE RELAUNCHED
Aligarh: Relaunching the annual magazine 2003 of Girls High School, Aligarh Muslim University, Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad said with the publication of the magazine girl students get a chance to channelise their latent talents. He asked students to contribute to the magazine so that they could develop their literary and cultural faculties along with their academic pursuits. The VC congratulated the manager, the principal, teachers and students by whose collective efforts the magazine was relaunched after 15 years and hoped that it will continue in future.
Dr Jawed Akhtar, manager of the Girls High School said the school was progressing in its academic pursuit and the result of 10th standard was 97 percent. He further said that the students had maintained their earlier record of occupying first to fourteenth positions in AMU Board examinations. Chief editor Dr Mahmood Ali, OSD Prof. Syed Jawed and others were present on this occasion.
RESEARCH CENTRE SET UP AFTER AHMAD RAZA
Bareilly: Islamic Research and Academy Centre, founded by Imam Ahmad Raza Trust was inaugurated on the occasion of birthday celebrations of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi. Guest speaker Maulana Muhammad Farooq said the world has recognised Imam Ahamad Raza’s love for the Prophet (PBUH) and hoped the centre would work for religious guidance of people as did the Imam himself. Maulana Abdus Sattar Samdani said Imam Ahmad Raza was the name of a movement, a mission and an institution.
COMMUNAL TENSION IN A MAHARASHTRA VILLAGE
Nagpur: Curfew was clamped in Kham village of Baldhana district of Vidarbh (Maharashtra) after two groups clashed with each other, police sources said. The two groups, near Nirmal Oil Mill of Kham clashed with each other and pelted stones. In view of tense situation curfew was imposed in the village.
SEMINAR ON ANIS AND DABIR
London: Anis and Dabir Academy, London organised an international seminar on ‘Position of Anis and Dabir in Urdu literature’ on the occasion of bicentennial birthday celebrations of Mir Anis and Mirza Dabir. Litterateurs and intellectuals from India, Pakistan, Canada, America, Australia and Britain participated in the seminar. In the inaugural session, Dr Taqi Abidi of Canada presented a review of Dabir’s quatrains. Prof. Muhammad Zaman Azurda presented an article on Dabir’s prose-writing in the second session. Dr Iqbal Mirza presented a comparative study of Anis and Shakespeare. Yawar Abbas of Britain and Prof. Qamar Jahan presented their articles in the last session followed by a poetic recitation. Youths besides senior litterateurs and intellectuals attended the seminar in a large number.
CULTURAL DECLINE IS DEATH OF A NATION
Baskhari (Ambedkarnagar): Efforts to promote Urdu will bear fruit only when it is taught to new generation, Dr Urfi Faizabadi said. He was speaking at the ‘State Urdu Conference’, organised by Urdu Rabita Committee of Kachochha Sharif here at SB Inter College grounds. Urdu is not only a language but a complete culture and civilisation, Urfi said and asked who will preserve and promote this cultural asset when there is none to understand the language. A nation dies when its culture is not preserved, he said and thanked the present state government for issuing order to write nameplates and boards in Urdu. He demanded reintroduction of two papers of Urdu in high schools and issuance of an early order in this regard to UP Urdu Board.
Prof. Akhtarul Wase of Jamia Millia Islamia asked Urdu lovers to teach Urdu to their children. Taking a dig at those terming Urdu as the language of terrorists, he said they are unaware of the history of freedom and Urdu’s role in it. Chief guest Pt. Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlwi while lamenting the present plight of Urdu said partition did an irreparable loss to Urdu. He said there is the language in India but not the script while in Pakistan there is the script but not the language.
MINORITIES APPEALED TO AVAIL OF GOVT. SCHEMES
Bulandshahar: A meeting on the occasion of Minority Rights Day was held here at Collectorate meeting hall. Speaking on this occasion, Mujahid Ansari, chairman of City Waqf Board said since 1999 December 18 is being celebrated as Minority Rights Day. District Congress president Alim Muhammad Khan emphasised the need to distribute literatures to publicise minority rights. District president of Samajwadi Party, Abdur Rab advocate said due to illiteracy 60 percent of Muslims were pulling rickshaws or trolleys to earn livelihood.
Meanwhile at a meeting held in Vikas Bhawan, Saharanpur, chief development officer Harsh asked minorities to draw benefit from government development schemes and join the race of country’s development. He suggested the minorities to acquire education of science and technology and said the Constitution has a special mention of minorities rights. District minorities officer Iqrar Ahmad stressed the need of computer and modern education in religious madrasas. A cheque of Rs 29,7000 was given to Wasim Ahmad, Wajid Hasan, Sardar Gurpeet Singh, Sardar Manmohan Singh and Mudassir Hammad under minority welfare scheme.
TASK FORCE FORMED TO FIGHT POLIO
Aligarh: A meeting of the Task Force, formed under the auspices of the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Nasim Ahmad decided that a delegation of university teachers and students headed by the VC will visit Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh on January 2 to create awareness among the people about polio. The VC will address the people after Friday prayers and will also appeal AMU alumni to join the campaign. The VC had earlier visited Azamgarh and Moradabd districts to create awareness among people about polio. These visits have borne fruitful results. The participants among others included Elvis Pope; a representative of WHO, Prof. Nazim Ali; registrar of AMU, Prof. M Mubashshir; principal JN Medical College, Dr MP Bansal; chief medical officer, Prof. Zulfia Khan; chairperson of community medicine department, Shafe Kidwai; chairman of the Department of Journalism, etc. The meeting also decided to seek help of teachers and students of Dental College and Tibbiya College. Prof. Zulfia Khan said administration of polio drops to prevent different diseases is going on. Volunteers of NSS will contact people in all sensitive areas before January 4 and ask them to administer polio drops to their children. q