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My name is Mazher Fatima Ahmed (USA). I get Milli Gazette through email. Today for the first time I looked up "our team" and was surprised not to see any woman included in the team. Don't we have any muslim women journalist around there? Br Iqbal Ansari and Br. Shahabuddin know me. We had met in Barcelona for the Parliament in July, 2004. I am the vice president for the Parliament of World's Religion. It has been my struggle for over twenty years to prove to the world that Islam has given Muslim women the rights 1400 years ago, the rights for which the western woman is fighting today, hence the comment about woman journalist. May Allah bless you with success.
Mrs. Mazher Ahmed
Editor: You think that there are no women on our editorial board or in our writing team because you do not read our print edition. 

Please begin a section on job vacancies 
I want to congratulate you on behalf of the Muslim community. You are very courageous. Please continue your work. Besides career guidance you can also come up with a section called "Jobs & Avenues" in your paper on job vacancies in India and abroad. 
Syed Jalaluddin

Protagonists of Urdu
We learn from Urdu journals that the number of Urdu knowing people is gradually decreasing while the number of mushairas is increasing. These days mushairas are meant for only selected few people. 

Like many Muslim organizations the fraternity of poets is also divided. Urdu has become the fiefdom of some scholars, poets, critics and has been imprisoned within the walls of academies, auditoriums and cozy drawing rooms.

One fails to realise as to in what way mushiras help in the progress and development of Urdu. Are there mushairas organised in English in UK or America?

Urdu ghazals do not inspire anyone except those who want to live in the imaginary world of love and romance. All the time they only fancy and do not produce anything constructive and beneficial for the community. What they do is just for the sake of "Wah Wah" and "Subhanallah".

Urdu was born in lanes and bylanes, not in palaces and auditoriums. Of course, it got patronage of the kings. Unless Urdu is used by common people it cannot flourish. 
Masood Ashraf, New Delhi 

Advani speak
Advani called Jharkhand Governor UPA's contract killer (of democracy). I urge friends to write on it.

1. Advani implicated in an attempt on Jinnah's life is well versed in the business of contract killing.

2. Was NDA's contract killer Narendra Modi in Gujarat 2002?

3. Which is more heinous - massacring over 2000 innocent humans, or a decrepit "democracy" for which a party like BJP and its leaders wedded to fascism have no use at all?
I. K. Shukla"

On Tsunami & Qurían 
My heartiest congratulation to you for publishing the article by Kulsum Mustafa (MG, 16-28 Feb. 2005) which is worth reading. 

Despite advanced IT, and online technology, we have failed to detect the tsunami and lost many Iives and properties on 26th December 2004.

Qurían guides mankind to follow the path of righteousness and shun violence.. We must wake from the deep slumber of barbarism and follow the right path so that no tsunami occurs again.
Mohammad Azam, Karimnagar, AP

Stop exploitation of women
March 8 is Womenís Day. Today woman has become a commercial commodity. Industrialists and businessmen use womenís semi-naked body in advertisements for promoting their business. The exploitation of women for commercial purposes by the print and electronic media is an injustice to women.

Any form of oppression or exploitation of women as in pornographic films and advertisements, fashion shows and celebration of Valentine Day should be banned. 
G. Hasnain Kaif, Bhandara, Maharashtra 

Action against rapists
It is shocking to read that a 16 year old girl was raped by the principal and his colleagues of a government school in Delhi. The incident is no doubt a stigma on the teaching profession. Due to moral debasement such crimes have become the order of the day.

Needless to say, after this incident parents would be in a state of turmoil as to where they send their children for education. A teacher should be like a father.
In is a matter of great concern. The government must take stern action against the culprits 

Obaidur Rahman Nadwi, Lucknow 

Muslim spin?
I had a chance today to read several articles in your paper hoping to find professionals whom would take the lead and print facts. Itís a shame to read several editorials that reflected such distortions, falsehoods and blatant lies about the current U. S. Administration. I figure if I want to read and understand the truth of what is happening in the Muslim countries Iíll just have to forgo it. All I read is hatred, lies, distortions and as we call it here in America, "the spin". Show me in video/audio where the Secretary of Defense or General Meyer made such statements regarding "canít enough of spilling Muslim blood". You will not, because as you know itís a lie. I figure it this way, democracy is too much for you to handle. You revel in keeping your peoples in a state of squalor and famine.

Like several European countries, talk trash, but take our money and aid. Hypocrites all. Thanks for the Muslim "Spin", socialism/slavery is quite alive and well.
Richard Dugger 

Sushma Swaraj has made honest confession about male-domination in her own party BJP. Best remedy is to implement suggestions of Election Commission for making it compulsory for recognised political parties to give at least one-third party-tickets to women. Parties like RJD or SP crying for a sub-quota on basis of cast or religion can do so without any further excuse to eliminate male domination in political system! It is necessary because despite three-fourth majority of Parliamentarians belonging to political parties which speak in favour of Women Reservation Bill, bill is postponed in name of never-to-arrive consensus only because bitter fact is that even political bosses of parties supporting the bill are in fact not interested in getting the bill passed.
Madhu Agrawal, Dariba Delhi 110006

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