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Modi violated Constitution
The affidavit filed by Additional Director General of Police R. B. Sreekumar before the judicial commission investigating Post Godhra riots confirms beyond any shadow of doubt that Mr. Narendra Modi has violated all the democratic norms and violated the Indian constitution in a very serious way. The recent rulings of the apex court in the case of Zaheera Sheikh and Bilkis Bano also leaves no shadow of doubt that Mr. Modi has acted more as a Swayamsevak of Sangh Parivar than as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He has followed the hate ideology of Hindutva than the values of liberty, equality and fraternity. Modi has not only been responsible for the carnage but also has done his best to shield the guilty of the riots, including his own self. While welcoming the judgment that over two thousand cases closed by Modi Govt. be investigated properly, one is deeply disturbed by the fate of the society under the ruler ship of such a person, driven by deep motives meant to break the deep bonding of Indian society, the traditions and values of pluralism. Currently Gujarat is witnessing a deepening fracture in the community bonds due to the handling of post riot situation. On the top of this the open distribution of arms in the guise of trishul diksha will worsen the scene to no end. It is high time that the Central Govt. dismisses this Hitler reincarnate and that he is tried for his crimes in an honest way.
Ram Puniyani, Mumbai

Urdu University
Your front page report on the withdrawal of the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Urdu University Bill, 2004, by the Government of UP, ostensibly because of the Governor’s objection to the unprecedented nomination of an individual by name as the life Pro-Chancellor of the proposed University and vesting of extraordinary executive powers in him, raises a number of questions.
Whether the proposed University has Urdu as the medium of instruction at the undergraduate and post graduate levels?

Will the proposed University rationalize and centralize the post-graduate teaching of Urdu, Persian and Arabic in various Universities of UP, considering that the existing facilities are very sparsely utilized?

Will the proposed University control and regulate the UP Madrasas Examination Board and the proposed UP Arabic and Persian Board and will these Boards be affiliated to it?

It is surprising, indeed ironical, that the state which bars the use of Urdu as the medium of instruction at the primary school level and, practically even the teaching of Urdu as the First or Second or even Third Language in the High School under the Three Language Formula proposes to establish a Urdu University? Where will the students proficient in Urdu come from?

It is also surprising that despite the lifting of the stay order on the UP Official Language (Amendment) Act, the State Government has not revived the Notification relating thereto and specified the purposes for which Urdu shall be used in administration. 

It is also surprising that the UP Assembly does not permit the ‘use’ of Urdu in its proceedings. So before the UP Government reintroduces the Urdu University Bill, with or without, one individual as its life Pro-Chancellor, let it, first, a) Amend the UP Education Code to permit use of Urdu as a medium of instruction at the primary level; b) Issue instructions for providing facilities in all high schools for the teaching of Urdu as the Mother Tongue (First Language) with Hindi as the Compulsory Second Language to all students whose Mother Tongue is Urdu, without any numerical condition; c) Establish Urdu-medium primary and Urdu-teaching secondary schools in all Urdu concentration villages, urban wards, Qasbas, Blocks and Zilas in the State; d) Notify the use of Urdu for specified official purpose in administration at all levels in the State; e) Introduce a Resolution in the UP Assembly to recognize Urdu also as its official language. 

And thus remove the suspicion that the Urdu University Project is but a political initiative to attract Muslim voters.
Syed Shahabuddin

Muslims should assert politically 
This refers to "Hindus are not against Muslims" (MG-1-15 July, 04) by Mr Khawaja. He has presented an oversimplified analysis of complex socio-political situation of India. It is misleading to aver that the Hindu voters rejected BJP keeping in view the Muslims interest. 

The real set back to BJP to recapture power came from the defeat of its allies TDP, Samata Party, Trinamool Congress and JD(U). Muslim voters were not averse to the candidates of these parities in the past. However, in the last general elections BJP allies were defeated because they had been party to the misdeeds of BJP. BJP lost some of its seats because of its anti-people and anti-poor policies.

Of course, majority of Hindus is not with BJP. Dalits and OBCs have organised themselves politically and have formed political outfits of their own. Dalits and Hindu OBCs voters prefer to vote their own parties. They are against the BJP to protect their own interests. But they also do not want to grant Muslims their due share. 

Muslims are economically and educationally backward. Discrimination has discouraged them to send their children to schools. Muslims can not afford to hope for concessions from others. They will have to stand on their own feet and assert politically under their own leadership with unflinching secular ideals.
S. Khurshid Anwar

Advani after Uma?
Uma Bharti’s resignation (triggered by criminal case against her where she allegedly incited communal passions at Hubli which cost six human lives and hundred inured) has raised the following extremely important political point (to be debated in media). Will UP Govt. and Central Govt (CBI) now try to secure the arrest of L.K.Advani, whose role in raising the communal passions by Rath Yatra etc. culminated in the demolition of Babri Masjid (despite court order) and communal riots left thousands dead and injured?
Hem Raj Jain, Dwarka, New Delhi

Madhya Pradesh's BJP chief minister Uma Bharati has been making out an issue that she is being punished for hoisting Indian flag. If hoisting of Indian flag is the crux of the issue, then why RSS/BJP should not start by hoisting the national flag on their own RSS headquarters in Nagpur and Delhi’s Jhandewalan? For 57 years of Indian independence, extremist Hindutva protagonists, the RSS has refused to raise India's national flag on their own HQ. They raise their own 'sacred' bhagwa flag. So, why they should try to force hoisting the national flag on a Muslim shrine in Karnataka, which is not state property or an office of political party and thus not legally required to raise the national flag. The underlying motive is not the so-called patriotism, but provoking the Muslims to protest against desecration of their religious sites and thus attempt to ignite communal rioting. People did die after Uma Bharati's forced attempts. She had been dodging for ten years to appear even when the court had issued non-bailable warrants. Uma Bharati had been reportedly involved in a similar mayhem at the demolition of Babri Masjid, back on December 6, 1990. With the new accountability mood in political circles, it is quite possible, that all those involved in provocation of the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the subsequent communal riots all around the country that took thousands of lives, will finally see their day in courts. 
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

Control use of loud speakers
It is good to note that awareness is being created for avoiding inconvenience to pedestrians during Friday congregational prayer. Islam takes great care of the sensibilities of fellow human beings and therefore continuous use of loud speakers and that too in the sleepy hours of night, is totally against the teachings of holy Prophet (pbuh). However, controlled use of loud speakers for calling the faithful towards mosque (Adhan) is not disturbing.

One would have wished extension of this awareness towards the nuisance caused by different processions. Now-a-days roads are blocked to take out procession on the birthday (or day of demise) of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) though there is no evidence of this being celebrated by his extremely loyal companions. Offering of prayers, five times a day, is a must for Muslims but it has been observed that people taking part in procession often skip mandatory prayers.
Dr. Salman Sultan, Shibli National College, Azamgarh -

Israel, Amercia real terrorist
It is universally acknowledged that Jewish community has a old record of twisting language and telling lies in the name of speaking truth. 

Israel is an atomic power while Palestinian people are debarred of even traditional weapons. Israel kills children, women folk, old and handicapped by using helicopters, missiles and tanks and defends its actions as a measure in self-defence which is consistent under international law. But when Palestinians pelt stones upon raiding tanks they are branded terrorists. Israel and America should be ashamed for the tyranny and bloodshed in the guise.
Abdul Khair Zafar Siddiqui
Jaipur, Rajasthan

Gulf between Muslim and Hindus 
During the rule of NDA government the gulf between the Hindus and Muslims increased because the government was being run by RSS activists. 
Besides introducing communal ideology in education various tactics were followed to obliterate the contribution of Muslims in freedom struggle A book was circulated on Tipu Sultan titled Tipu Sultan was a patriot or a Religious Biogot? A lot of baseless allegations and accusations had been leveled against him. One can gauge the real personality of Tipu Sultan by reading the latest book of Dr. B. N. Pande Aurangzed and Tipu Sultan: Evaluation of their Religious Policies. Pande writes that in early 1930s Mahatma Gandhi wrote in the Young India endorsing the liberal religious polices of Tipu Sultan. Gandhi had written that Tipu Sultan gave lavish gifts to Hindu temples including the temples of Shri Venkataramana, Shrinivas and Shri Ranganatha located in the vicinity of his palaces. RSS has three objectives, to hate Muslims, set up a Hindu Rashtra and to make non-Hindus a second class citizens. 
Obaidur Rahman Nadwi
Nadwa College, Lucknow

Any clues?
This refers to your report "Rewrite Agra's literary history". I require the postal, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of the contact persons of the Agra-based Bazme Sukhan, that has decided to rewrite history of Agra, I am a travel writer. I am presently completing a detailed tourist guidebook on Agra, Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri. I am badly in need of some people of Agra, for furthering my academic research. 
Masarrath Ali Khan, Cuddapah, AP

Hang murderers and rapists 
President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has rightly rejected the mercy appeal of Dhananjoy Chatterji who had raped and killed Hetal Parekh 14 years ago. Harsh punishment acts as a deterrent to crime. Statistics show that in countries where punishment is not severe crimes usually rape and murder are high. For instance, in America where death punishment is abolished crime rate is the highest while in Saudi Arabia where Islamic criminal laws are in force, crime rate is the lowest. 
G. Hasnain Kaif 
Azad Ward, Bhandara 

Prisoner’s copy of Holy Quran snatched
While Congress’s old war-horse, Arjun Singh, now settling back in his own old haunt of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, has promptly immersed himself into stripping out all vestiges of the extremist Hindutva flag bearer, Bharatiya Janata Party’s over five year long stretch at the helm of affairs in India, and had started his work with the text books, specially those dealing with Indian history which were doctored to reflect the distinct extremist Hindutva version of how Indian history should be taught to the next generations, scant attention is being paid by Congress to the whole make up of police and security agencies, where the extremist communal poison has so deeply penetrated, that all the academic exercise will become futile, once the victims of highhanded communalized Police’s brutality against Muslims, will be so disenchanted as to damage Congress chances at the next elections, specially in the state of Maharashtra.

In a Mumbai city jail, a lady jail superintendent, Swati Sathe, apparently an upper caste Brahmin, is reported (See Urdu Times report attached) to be in the center of a controversy, while a constable with her snatched and thrown down a copy of Quran, when the prisoner objected to handing over the Holy Book to her without the jail authorities performing proper ritualistic cleansing and bathing. She intended to inspect the Quran for any hidden currency that prisoners usually use to buy favours from jail staff. As a reprimand for his refusal to hand over the Quran, she is reported to have branded ‘all Muslims as traitors and terrorists’ and proposed that ‘all should be hanged in public’. 

The whole group of Muslim Tada prisoners has gone on hunger strike, demanding punishment of both offending prisoner officials.

In the wake of Abu Ghraib abuses and the strike of 1500 captives in Israeli jails, incidents of hate crimes against Muslims all around the world are more and more in the headlines. However, in India, such incidents have only increased after the coming to power of the extremist Hindutva BJP that has completely brainwashed the police force into treating the 150 million Muslims as outright unpatriotic, traitors and terrorists. Decommunalization of Police force has, therefore, become an urgent necessity.

Arjun Singh together with his counterpart in the Home Ministry, the seasoned former speaker of the Parliament, Shiv Raj Patel, should immediately look into institutional corrective measures to wean out such communal methodology to ill-treat and humiliated Indian Muslim captives, who, for a start, under the draconian TADA, were overwhelmingly politically targeted on trumped charges, and now with the change of government should be set free after more impartial, just and fair reviews. Long time Congress promise to enlist more and more Muslims in police force should be the first order of business, if Congress wishes to hold on to the Muslim voters, who have wholeheartedly voted for Congress this time around, with the focused voting to throw out the BJP led coalition, that was responsible for staging Gujarat. 

Open letter to misguided Muslims
Being a Muslim you are not working for peace. You are misguided, mistaken and spreading hatred through misinformation and false accusations, which is resulting in death and miseries for number of innocent people living around the world at the hands of merciless KILLER MUSLIMS and also bringing bad name to MOHAMMED (PBUH).

Instead of teaching about Good & Evil, certain Radical Muslim Clerics are only "Trading in Religion". They teach you about accusing, abusing and killing the non-Muslims. They try to hypnotize you to Kill the non-Muslims and brethren of other sects or be Killed. Actually, they are "Agents of Satan" who is paying them heavily and in return they are cutting at the very roots of the Ummah. Most of the Muslims like you, are rejoicing on the brutal killings of the non-combatant innocent civilians and "The Murderers" have always been "Your Heroes".

Before it is too late and the Curse Of God falls upon you, please wakeup to save Muslims from becoming the most "Hated, Isolated and Suspicious" people in the world and start working for promoting "Sectarian Harmony and Religious Tolerance" in the society and prove to the WORLD through your deeds that MOHAMMED (PBUH) teaches "Sectarian Harmony and Religious Tolerance" and not Terrorism, Extremism, Sectarianism, Cruelty, Inhumanity and "Hatred & Killing" of the innocent civilians.

The killing of others in the name of religion is a Sin. Can a FATHER ever teach his Children to be the permanent Enemies of each other? Let this be your FAITH: " Enlightened and Moderate Islam ".
S. A. Rehman Peace Activist

The beast is USA 
I know you have hard feelings to America but really stirring up hatred is not the way to go. It shows me that Islam is a POLITICAL religion rather than a true faith. Jesus said we should love our enemies whereas Mohamed said you should kill them. Terrorism and hatred will not win the West over to Islam any more than hatred of Muslims will win the Muslim world over to Jesus Christ the Saviour. Look. Of course America is not perfect and I am sure the UK is not either, but at least we do offer freedom to our citizens rather than threaten them with death if they do not hold to one (mislead) religion. The anti-America propaganda is evil. If it is such an evil country why does everyone want to go to live there and get away from Islamic society?
Revd Peter Ratcliff
Editorial Team, English Churchman
Editor: We have hard feelings towards anyone who comes to our countries to ensalve us, plunder us and forcibly change us. Surely this is not the way of Jesus in whom we too beleive as a prophet of God. Muhammad did not teach us to kill our enemies. He taught us to be kind to them, befriend them and let them go to their ways and worship whatever they wish to worship, but if they come to our countries to fight us and kill us, Muhammad told us to fight back, which is only logical and just. There will be no problem and no fight and no enmity with America the moment it reverses its neo-colonial policies.
Mr. Zakaria, I do appreciate your point of view. Hatred is a very ugly thing. There was once a great day in Iraq during this war. Do you remember when the statue of Saddam was torn down? I remember it. The Iraqi people were pleased beyond words! That is a fact. Freedom is not free, it never has been, and it never will. Until people can unite and accept their differences, there will be hatred. America represents all nations from the globe. That is a fact. To hate" the Beast" as you put it is a shame. We are one nation despite the vast differences. How about the 300,000 Muslims who live in the State of Michigan. They have created a comfortable life amongst non-Muslims. Are they rioting in the streets. No. That's because they are not oppressed. Should the USA have let Saddam take over Kuwait and slaughter those people. Please ask yourself these difficult questions. I do understand your frustration, but please dont keep hate in your heart. 
Mike Fillichio
You know, it's funny! I thought that I was going to be enlightened when I came across your "newspaper's" online edition. Instead I see that it is filled with the same anti-American, anti-Semitic, Muslim hate-mongering propagated by Al-Jazeera, and the Palestinian Authority. I suggest that you have Yamin Zakaria check his dates. He claims that the Muslim savages who brutally killed those American contractors (who were delivering food) in a manner so typical of the religion of peace, defiled their corpses as a result of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The only problem with this is that he's absolutely wrong. The expose of Abu Ghraib was aired on 60 Minutes in the last week of April. Those blood-thirsty animals in Fallujah committed their inhuman atrocities in the first week of March. So much for an impartial, factually accurate media! Also, if our media were in fact so dominated by this Zionist influence, don't you think you would see articles in the mainstream press calling for the absolute destruction of the foolish, rag-tag, bunch of freedom-hating terrorists. I mean, our political impotence is not representative of our military might. Surely you realize that we have more than enough military firepower to wipe out every single cowardly kidnapper, bomber, and militant in that God-forsaken region. But we choose not to avoid "inflaming" Arab sensitivities. If you have journalistic integrity, you will correct your mistakes, and print my comments. I will not however, be holding my breath.
Wilson Jaquez
Please look-up the work objectivity in the dictionary. Without its use, your reporting is just a joke to anyone above a double digit IQ, no matter what their religious bigotry.
John Eggers, Senior Concrete Research Engineer, Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

The IAEA and Iran's nuclear program
The Islamic republic of Iran has been pursuing nuclear programme for generating electricity which is, in this modern age, a must to achieve sustainable growth and development of a nation. But the western countries led by the United States of America are trying to denying the right of the Islamic nation to run its own nuclear programme for the peaceful development of its people.

The western nuclear nations have been following a very unjust and untenable nuclear policy which has become a serious threat to the future of the developing nations. While producing and stockpiling all sorts of nuclear weapons in large quantities, they have been trying to dominate over the non-nuclear states of the world in a manner which cannot be termed as just and reasonable. 

The complain of the US against Iran's nuclear programme is that Iran is covertly developing nuclear weapons. But how can one give any credit to this allegation? The US has already destroyed its all credibility by invading Iraq and committing genocide there on the charges which are proved false beyond doubt. It is also developing two new weapons of mass destruction to establish its unjust hegemony over the nations of the world.

It is well known that Iran has been cooperating and working with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since it has started its inspection in February 2003. Even then the IAEA is toeing the line of the US that has already lost its all credibility in the estimation of the mankind and pressurizing Iran unduely.

If the IAEA is really sincere and has the credible agenda to free the world from the danger of the nuclear weapons, it should begin its work asking the US to dismantle its nuclear progammes, to destroy its stockpiles of nuclear arsenals and stop its two new weapons development programmes first and see that it follows the instruction. By invading Afghanistan and Iraq in a barbaric manner, the US has emerged as the most potential threat to the sovereignty and security of the non-nuclear countries of the world.

It is common knowledge that Israel has been running its nuclear programme for a long time and has produced a good number of bombs. It is also refusing to declare the current status of its nuclear programme. It has, thus, become a serious threat to the security of the middle-east countries including Iran. But the IAEA has not been so harsh and tough to Israel as it has been to the Islamic republic of Iran whose nuclear programme is proclaimed to be for peaceful purposes.

The production of nuclear bombs by Israel and the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq have given rise to the contention that at least some states of the middle-east and Africa should have nuclear weapons as a means of deterent to the abuse of power by the developed nuclear nations and to keep the world multipolar and free from exploitation.

It is true that Iran has signed non-proliferation treaty. But it does not mean that it has mortgaged its sovereignty, national interests and prestige. It has all the rights as that of western nation to formulate and review its own policy and pursue it in the manner that serve its interest best. While performing its job, the IAEA must be able to appreciate it to keep its credibility intact in the eye of the mankind. It should not look like serving the interests of the western nuclear countries at the cost of the 191 member nations of the UN. end
Muhammad Hasibor Rahman

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