SYED HAIDER’S BIOGRAPHY RELEASED
New Delhi: Aatma Ka Taap (Passion of spirit), an autobiography of noted artist Syed Haider Raza was released here at India International Centre on February 5. Releasing the book noted painter Ram Kumar said Aatma Ka Taap was a document which would help to understand the depth of art. Haider Raza has a commitment towards the art and he gives way to none between his art and personality. The book has been published by Raj Kamal
Analyst Paryag Shukl said the book is an exclusive biography. Poet Ashok Vajpayee said despite living in Paris, Haider Raza was closely associated with his homeland India.
Speaking on this occasion, author Haider Raza said art too has a language and understanding it was itself an art. I feel satisfied with my work. My pictures, and not I should speak on my behalf, Raza said.
BRINGING PEACE IN A PLURALISTC SOCIETY
New Delhi: Abdul Rahman Wahid, former President of Indonesia and its largest Islamic policy-making body Nahzatul Ulama (Ulama’s movement) stressed the need for religious diversity in a pluralistic society.
Speaking at a reception given to him here at Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia on January 30, Mr Wahid said state and religious diversity was necessary to maintain peace and solidarity in a pluralistic society. Majoritarianism and values of diverse religious dogmas hold paramount importance in classic Islam. Based on it, religion and state have been kept separate in Indonesia, Rahman said. He said his movement will continue to fight for the rights of minorities and their protection. He said India had presented a practical example of how the views and dogmas of others were respected. He said he was impressed by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles. JMI Vice Chancellor Syed Shahid Mehdi and the director of
Zakir Husain Institute of Islamic Studies, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey welcomed Rahman’s India and Jamia visit.
RAHMANI HOSPITAL ENDOWED TO THE NATION
Munger: Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi inaugurated the Rahmani Hospital, developed at a cost of Rs 1 crore and 24 lakhs within the premises of MWE High School recently. Named after noted Islamic scholar and the first general secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani, the hospital has been endowed to the nation.
The hospital has been named after a freedom fighter who has greatly contributed to the nation, Rabri Devi said. RJD president Laloo Prasad Yadav said Maulana Rahmani was a great person, respectable for all. Minister for Culture and Youth Affairs, Dr Munazir Hasan said Maulana Rahmani was an ideal person and Khanqah (monastray) Rahmani has a glorious history. Minorities Welfare and Development Minister Shakil Ahmad also spoke on this occasion.
ABID ZAMIR’S FIFTH STORY BOOK RELEASED
Asansol: Bhigi Palkain, the fifth collection of short stories of Dr Abid Zamir was released here by Prof. Shahid Akhtar, Head of the Department of Urdu, Hoogly Mohsin College recently. These stories and characters do not belong to another world but to human issues and they touch the readers’ hearts, said Prof. Sulaim Khurshid, general secretary of Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Hind, West Bengal. Muhammad Nizam Shamim, a retired IPS officer and president of West Bengal Education Coordination Committee was the chief gust. He spoke about the impact of education on society.
NAMRATA TRANSFORMED INTO ENGLISH
New Delhi: Namrata, a novel by Salahuddin Parwez has been translated and published in English under the auspices of Indian Modern Classics. The English version has been published by Rupa & Co. for international distribution and sale. Namrata is an epic of human history covering six thousand years of Indian culture, based on two characters Namrata and Neelkanth. The novel has already been published in Urdu and Hindi. A Sahitya Akademi Award winner, Slalahuddin has authored several novels. His recent novel The War Journals, written in the ongoing Gulf War perspective is well accepted.
IRANIAN CULTURAL EXHIBITION
New Delhi: On the occasion of silver jubilee celebrations of Islamic Revolution of Iran, the Iran Culture House, New Delhi held a pictorial exhibition of its revolution, culture, entertainment and other spheres at Masjid Fatehpur and Shia Jama Masjid, Kahsmiri Gate on February 6. Speaking on this occasion, Mufti Muhammad Mukarram, imam of Masjid Fatehpuri welcomed the Islamic Revolution of Iran over its success and appealed to people to show social unity and peace.
BID TO DISCREDIT MUSLIM LEADERSHIP
New Delhi: Condemning recent talks of RSS with some unknown and unreliable Muslim organisations over Ayodhya issue which is subjudice, the All India Muslim Mushawarati Council has said it is a shameful conspiracy to slur Muslim leadership. This will only increase bitterness on both sides. The statement said solution to the Ayodhya tangle was possible only through court.
TEACHERS DEMAND URDU COURSE BOOKS
Saharanpur: In a meeting held in Saharanpur recently, Urdu Teachers Association expressed concern over Basic Education Department’s delay in supplying Urdu course books. Speaking on this occasion, district president of the Association, Syed Muhammad Azam said the academic year is nearing end but the department has so far not provided Urdu course books to students. Terming it as an injustice to Urdu students, Azam demanded early provision of books so that students could be (somewhat) saved from loss. He also demanded appointment of Urdu degree holding teachers in primary schools and junior high schools.
MAF Academy celebrates Republic Day
New Delhi: MAF Academy, a senior secondary school in Noida, celebrated the Republic Day on January 23 with the theme: ‘Celebrating Indian Culture & Heritage’.
The celebrations started with the hoisting of the national flag and singing of national anthem. Director of the school MAF Farooqui hoisted the flag. A senior student delivered a speech full of patriotic fervour. When the speech was over all students took a pledge.
There was a show of pre-primary students. Small children dressed as national leaders sashayed in front of the audience. There were tableaus on the freedom struggle put up by teachers and students. Students sang patriotic songs and a drama on the life of father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, was enacted.
The school is built on a sprawling piece of land measuring 20,000 sq meters in sector-62 of Noida’s Institutional Area. It employs modern methods of education and computer education is compulsory for all students. Only 25 students are allowed in a class room. The school has a computerised library, computer laboratories with Internet facilities, extensive playground, gymnasium and swimming pool. q
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