SEMINAR ON WALI DECCANI
New Delhi: The job of a poet and litterateur is to raise voice against injustice and disparities and to tell the truth. Targeting a poet of love with hatred is a great injustice. These views were expressed by Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, critic, litterateur and president of Sahitya Akademi. He was speaking at a two-day workshop on Wali Deccani, organised by Sahitya Akademi and Jamia Millia Islamia here at India International Centre on December 22. Narang said politicians possess power while litterateurs have values. He said he had contacted Dr Rafiq Zakaria and Najma Heptullah regarding setting up of Wali Deccani Memorial. Dr Zakaria has requested Prime Minister Vajpayee to announce Rs 50 lakh from his MP fund for the memorial. Dr Zakaria himself has given consent for giving Rs 20 lakh from Maulana Azad Education Trust, while remaining 30 lakh rupees will be collected from people, Prof. Narang said.
Chief guest and Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia, Syed Shahid Mehdi said Wali Deccani was not a poet of courts but of khanqahs and bazaars. Hence his poetry is very simple. Speakers among others included Prof. Akhtarul Wase, Prof. Abul Kalam Qasmi, Prof. Qamar Rais and Salahuddin Parwez.
ISLAM:THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN AMERICA
New Delhi: Robert Black, American Ambassador to India has said Islam is the fastest growing religion in America. There are very close similarities between the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and Jesus (peace be upon them). Black was speaking at a Christmas celebration organised by India Islamic Cultural Centre.
Dr Zafar Mahmood, trustee of the Islamic Centre said that the Quran has repeatedly mentioned about Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) and that a chapter in the Quran is named after Mary. The Quran speaks of brotherhood and asks people to maintain a peaceful relation with other religions. Mini Jacob, Vice Chancellor of Allahabad Agricultural University praised India’s communal harmony. Intellectuals and ambassadors participated in the programme.
MUSLIMS SYMPATHISE WITH EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
New Delhi: Indian Muslims have expressed deep sorrow over the death of thousands of people who fell victim of the earthquake that jolted the Bam city of Iran on December 25. They have sympathised with the bereaved families and asked the world community to help them at this distress. Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, nazim of Imaarate Shariah, Bihar said natural calamities are a test from God Almighty so that people show patience and remember God. Members of Shah Waliullah Institute, Delhi, Al-Ilm Education Society, Delhi and many other organisations expressed condolence with the victims. Maulana As’ad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said the entire world community, especially Muslims are with Iran. He appealed the people to come to the aid of the victims’ families. Mufti Muhammad Mukarram, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Fatehpui, Delhi, Maulana Shafi Moonis of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind also expressed their grief over the deceased.
LECTURE ON HINDU-MUSLIM RIOTS
New Delhi: Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia organised a memorial lecture on historian, late Ravindra Kumar. Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Paul Prosen of the University of Washington ruled out the assumption that Hindu-Muslim riots were the result of a deep-seated hatred or political campaigning. There is a systematic way of riots and these riots are the results of such activities. It means a systematic practice is undergoing in certain parts of India, Paul said.
A particular image has been created of Muslims which is being demonstrated as reminder of some particular incidents. These include Deoband and Aligarh which are being linked with “Muslims communalism”, Paul added. Vice Chancellor Shahid Mehdi presided over the meeting.
FOUNDATION DEMANDS IMPLEMENTATION OF URDU
New Delhi: A delegation of International Urdu Foundation met chief minister Shiela Dikshit and drew her attention towards delay in the implementation of Urdu. The delegation demanded the CM to fill up Urdu vacancies, appoint a translator in Urdu Language Cell, fill up the vacant post of assistant information officer and Urdu teachers. It also reminded her to fix Urdu boards in all government offices and Urdu route plates in DTC buses. The CM has assured to fill up all the vacancies and said work in this regard has been started. She said orders have been issued for Urdu nameplates and route plates which will be seen very soon. She said Urdu-knowing people should come forward to popularise the language among people.
COMP. CENTRE INAUGURATED IN KAIFI’S VILLAGE
Azamgarh: A computer centre established by Delhi branch of NIIT at Kaifi Azmi School, Majwan was formally inaugurated by Gaurav Bhatnagar, executive of Reliance Infocom. Speaking on this occasion Bhatnagar said computer education has become essential in today’s modern world as new discoveries are made every day. He said that the NIIT had developed a special software for the country’s children of under 15. Children showed their interest in television.
DO NOT DIFFERENTIATE RELIGION FROM WORLD
Lucknow: During a weekly Quranic session at Jama Masjid Lapoorthala, Maulana Jahangir Alam Qasmi said if one’s heart is straight, his body too remains straight. He asked people not be slave of wishes but do the reverse. Islam does not differentiate between religion and world. Every action taken for God’s pleasure is religion, he said and added there is no place of monasticism in Islam.
HINDRANCE IN MUSLIM RESERVATION
Muzaffarnagar: Speaking to Muslim representatives, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav assured to get legal position to Minorities Commission. But he ruled out 10 per cent reservation for Muslims due to Constitutional hurdles. Yadav had come to attend the matrimonial ceremony of the son of MP, Amir Alam Khan. The CM visited some Muslim villages unexpectedly and on seeing their dilapidated conditions, issued orders for their construction and development.
Mualayam said he did not believe in momentary terms and wanted an ever-lasting friendship. While speaking about his current political honeymoon with Kalyan Singh, Yadav criticised media’s role for undue elongation of the issue.
Yadav said he wanted to give reservation to Muslims but it was not possible because of Constitutional difficulties which do not permit reservation on the basis of religion. q