MF HUSAIN’s BIOGRAPHY RELEASED IN KARACHI
Karachi: The autobiography of Maqbool Fida Husain, famous artist and painter titled M F Husain ki Kahani, Apni Zubani was released at an impressive function at Karachi on 7 February in the presence of distinguished personalities in the fields of painting and literature. The keen interest shown by the audience proved that he is as popular in Pakistan as he in India. On this occasion he said that for the past 5 decades he has been depicting different aspects of his life through his paintings. His autobiography has been written in Devnagri script.
MBMC seminar on reservation for MuslimS
Aligarh: Millat Bedari Muhim Committee (MBMC) recently organised a seminar on the theme "Welfare of Muslims: Government and Voluntary approach" at the Arts Faculty Lounge in Aligarh Muslim University.
Jasim Mohammad, convenor, MBMC in his welcome address said that Muslims fulfilled the criteria of "backwardness" as stated in the Constitution. There is no alternative but to provide them reservation and bring them into the national mainstream. He added that Gopal Singh Committee (1983) and recent Sample Survey Report showed that there was a successive degradation of Muslim representation in all sections of life. He urged UPA government to fulfill its promise made in its common minimum programme and the Mulyam Singh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh to announce 10 per cent reservation for Muslims if he really felt the pain of Muslims.
Dr Abdul Waheed, Director, CEPECAMI, AMU addressing the conference said that Indian reservation policy is discriminatory. President Naseem Ashraf, President AMU Students’ Union demanded to implement the Tayabji report and promised to support the movement of Muslim reservation. Other speakers included Pof. Shamim Ahmad, Principal, University Women’s Polytechnic, AMU; Dr Mohammad Shahid, Hony. Secretary, AMU Teachers’ Association, AMU; Dr M. Shakeel A Samdani, Reader, faculty of law, AMU; Ms Ilma Gauhar, President, Women’s College Students’ Union, AMU.
Urdu NEWSPAPERS being ignored
Ambedkar Nagar: Chairpersons of Nagar Palikas in Muslim majority areas are openly and deliberately doing injustice to Urdu so much so that local leaders of even the ruling Samajwadi Party are ignoring the problems of Muslims and Urdu newspapers. Among the top officer in these places, there is not a single Muslim. They get Hindi and English newspapers but no Urdu newspapers at all. As regards advertisements, they give all advertisements to Hindi newspapers but in spite of separate budget for advertisements to Urdu newspapers, no ads are given to them. Chairman of Tanda Nagar Palika, Haji Mohd Mohsin goes out of the way to patronise Hindi newspapers and Hindi journalists but shuns Urdu journalists and newspapers. Even some other Muslim leaders also totally ignore Urdu and consider it below their dignity to give advertisements to Urdu newspapers and journals. It is really unfortunate.
BIHAR URDU ACADEMY’s MAGAZINE RESUMED
Patna: Bihar Urdu Academy, which had virtually become a non-entity for quite some time, appears to be limping back to life. Publication of the Academy’s magazine Zaban wa Adab, which remained suspended for many years, has now been resumed. At the same time employees of the Academy, whose salaries were not paid for 22 months, have now been paid their salaries for 12 months. Ten months’ salaries are still to be paid to them. Shafi’ Mash’ hadi has been appointed the new chairman and Prof Aijaz Ali Arshad has been appointed secretary of the Academy. A two-day seminar of journalists will also be held next month. In addition to all this, a 15-day Urdu teaching-and-learning course will also be introduced.
PPI to spread the movement for reservation
Aligarh: The Parcham Party of India (PPI) has launched a public movement with the aim of securing reservation for Muslims in government employment, admissions to educational institutions and various other sectors of national life. The party has been engaged in creating mass awareness and mobilizing public opinion to press the government to make legal provisions for reservation of Muslims.
In a press statement PPI president Saleem Peerzada recently said that the movement would be spread in other parts of the state after Aligarh and Moradabad. He said that the issue of reservation to Muslims would be now on the top of PPI’s agenda. He expressed confidence of getting similar emotional and political support on the issue as it received in Aligarh and Moradabad. Meetings have been planned in Saharanpur, Budaun, Fatehpur and Muzaffarnagar, he added.
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