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Published in the 16-29 Feb 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

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Left to right: Prof. Nisar Farooqui, Syed Nizamuddin, Maulana Salim Qasmi, Omar Khalidi and Ataur Rahman Qasmi


Sultanpur: Following an earlier RBI order, the Bank of India has started accepting cheques in Urdu. The bank here accepted a cheque of Rs 10,000, submitted by Dr Parwazul Uloom and paid him the cash. This branch of the Bank of India has followed an order which was circulated earlier by the Reserve Bank of India. (The Milli Gazette had carried the news in its January last issue). It is time now for the Urdu-knowing people to avail of the facility.

As far as the demand of the Urdu Development Organisation that all banks should accept cheques in Urdu is concerned, it is possible only when there is an Urdu-knowing official in every bank so as to avoid any fraud or irregularity.

Lucknow: Established in 1960s for promotion of Urdu, the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy has neither any work nor a policy-making committee. Uncertain situations and political interference in all the state departments have also affected the Academy. The appointments of chairmen of the Academy were made under political influence. This belied the hope of Urdu-loving people who had expected that Urdu would make progress through the Academy. 

Former chief minister Mayawati had appointed Haji Azam Qureshi as chairman of the Academy. Qureshi is neither a poet, nor a litterateur, a critic or a researcher. His association with Urdu is less known. Nothing could be expected from such a person. A committee which is headed by the chairman himself was also never formed. As the BSP government got toppled and Mulayam Singh Yadav took over state administration, Qureshi’s days appeared to be numbered.

According to information, in anticipation of this he resigned the post. But later it was known that his resignation was not accepted and he would attend office on January 27-28. The deadline passed but Qureshi did not come to the office. Now with no chairman and no committee, the Academy is left at the mercy of the present UP government. Let us see what happens.

Amrawati: Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi, Amrawati organised a media workshop here at Maulana Azad Hall on January 4. Several issues related to the topic were discussed. Representatives of newspapers, magazines, journals and TV channels besides representatives of social and religious organisations participated in the workshop.
Speaking on this occasion, chief guest Muazzam Naik said battles and elections can be won with the help of electronic and print media these days. Media is power and Muslim youth should seek career in it. He said the workshops that we organise today were in fact being organised by the Jews and their allies 50 years ago. Any article written against Jewish community is vehemently reacted through hundreds of letters and e-mails, he said. Now they have started controlling Indian media too.
A negative and distorted picture of Muslims and Islam is presented before non-Muslim audience though a section of unbiased media is also reflecting the true picture, Naik said. We need to access the sessional media and present a true picture of Islam and clear the doubts and misunderstandings, he said and added that the Maharashtra cell of JIH has set up four departments on regional level to assess the media reaction and to present a true picture of Islam and Muslims.

Kolkata: In a joint statement two members of Jharkhand State Haj Committee, Matloob Imam and Haji Mukhtar Ahmad have complained that the West Bengal Haj Committee had put the Jharkhand Haj pilgrims in trouble. They could not reach Jeddah in time due to deliberate delay of flights. Their flight dates were changed and they were compelled to stay in Kolkata for three-four days, while other pilgrims of Bengal who were on the waiting list were preferred to fly before them. 
The Jharkhand people who came to Kolkata from remote regions of the state were unduly put in trouble. They had to spend extra amount because of the deliberate delay. In the end, about 20 Haj pilgrims’ journey seemed to be impossible. They contacted the foreign affairs minister Yashwant Sinha who handed the matter over to his OSD Dipak Kumar. The last flight on January 17 had taken off. Kumar arranged a special flight on January 18 and the 20 Haj pilgrims were flown for the Haj pilgrimage. 

Matloob Imam and Haji Ahmad have demanded the West Bengal government to conduct an inquiry into the matter and remove the guilty officers from the Bengal Haj Committee.

New Delhi: Paigham-e-Insaniyat organised a programme at Salmania Girls Junior High School, Delhi. Speaking on this occasion, general secretary Hafiz Shamim Ahmad threw some light on the life of late Dr Muhammad Umar Khan Smar, founder of Urdu Board, who was registrar of the Board at the time of his demise. He founded the Board in 1964 under unfavourable circumstances and faced great difficulties. Speaking about his journalistic life, Hafiz Amanullah, secretary of Paigham-e-Insaniyat said as an honorary editor of Jamhur, a tri-monthly published from Aligarh, Dr Samar started writing on literature, social reforms and politics in 1950. He was imprisoned for his honest journalistic writing. Secretary Hafiz Ahmad Said Khan said Dr Samar was also a good poet. A three-point programme was presented to continue the mission of Dr Samar.

Kolkata: Hum Ek Hain, a drama by Dr Shahnaz Nabi, directed by Naushad Ahmad was staged by Aks Drama Group at Milan Mela, held in Calcutta grounds in January. Based on national integrity, the drama presents the horrible Gujarat riots in which thousands of innocent lives were lost and years-old relationships were broken in moments.

At the end of the drama, Dr Shahnaz Nabi said an effort has been made to restore love and brotherhood between the people through this drama. A choreography of Maa Tujhe Salam was presented later under the direction of Meraj Ahmad. 

Dalkola: When a man submits his will to the Will of God, he becomes His beloved and worldly materials are made to serve him. As a result every living being starts to love him and his presence becomes a symbol of peace and prosperity. These dissenting views were expressed by Maulana Muhammad Wali Rahmani, secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and all-India convenor of the Board’s social reform body. Rahmani said when a man disobeys his Lord and violates His orders, he is deprived of peace and tranquillity and despite the horde of wealth and social prestige, he lacks inner and spiritual satisfaction. In order to reform the present conditions, it is essential that Muslims remember and please Allah, he said.
Speaking on this occasion, Maulana Imamuddin said Muslims are passing through a critical time and efforts are being made to destroy their identity. Their problems can be solved if they follow the teachings of the Quran and ahadith, he said. Other scholars also spoke on this occasion.

Amroha: Progress of any society lies in education and no society can develop without girls education. These views were expressed by social activist Syed Zakir Hussain. He was speaking at an educational campaign organised by Nayab Abbasi Girls Degree College. He emphasised the need for removing illiteracy. Students of different colleges were given prizes.

Lucknow: A development fund of Rs 1 crore for the overall development of Arabic and Persian madrasas has been set up in Uttar Pradesh. Secretary of the state minorities welfare department, Muhammad Iftikharuddin said that the interest accrued on the fund would be spent in giving prizes to the authors of good syllabus books, libraries of higher level madrasas and to brilliant students to pursue higher education. He said that during the current financial year 2003-04 about 30 lakn rupees would be given to 30 madrasas libraries. An amount of Rs 2 lakh towards scholarship and another 2 lakh rupees would be spent for setting up computer units, he said.

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has been asked to investigate the alleged discriminatory treatment in the tight-security Tihar jail of the capital.
In a petition filed, noted social worker and intellectual Surendra Mohan has appealed to NHRC to allow prisoners in special cells of Tihar jail to register their complaints in writing. He has submitted a letter written to the chairman of All India Defence Committee, Rajni Kothari by Delhi University lecturer Prof. SAR Geelani who was arrested for Parliament attack charges and was released last year for lack of solid evidences. Geelani has accused the jail authorities of physical exploitation and dishonouring Kashmiri prisoners. Prof. Geelani has also accused the jail authorities of targeting and ill-treating Kashmiri prisoners.

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