Muslim India is back
M Mazharul Haque
Milli Gazette Online
9 August 2006
Muslim India, a monthly journal of research, documentation and reference, has once again started publishing after it was discontinued by its second editor
Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan who published it during January 2003 to December 2004 after its founder editor Syed Shahabuddin decided to discontinue it at the end of 2002.
Thus Muslim India, first published in 1983, has entered its third phase. The first issue of the new phase was published in July this year by its founder-editor Syed Shahabuddin himself.
In the editorial of the first issue of what he has called the “Third Phase,” Syed Shahabuddin has written about the previous phase,
saying that “My esteemed friend Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan took up the challenge and brought out 13 issues, each running into hundreds of pages, covering the period January, 2003 to December, 2004. He had his own style and gave it a new form and content.
Muslim India contained many valuable writings by renowned writers and commentators on various aspects of Muslim life in India. But he finally gave up as the running loss were too high. His priority was to nurse his baby “The Milli Gazette”, born in Janury 2000, into a healthy, promising child. And he has done it!
The Milli Gazette has become the most widely read periodical on Muslim concerns in India as also on developments all over the Muslim world.”
Syed Shahabuddin has said in the July issue that a friend, whose name has been kept anonymous, came up with the proposition that he would take care of 50% of the production cost and another friend offered to give another 25%.
In its third phase, Muslim India will gradually cover the gap — the period of 18 months from January 2005 to June 2006 — so that there is no break in the continuity of historical narrative.
Syed Shahabuddin proposes to introduce some new features like a monthly summary of important events, book reviews, judicial decisions, parliamentary proceedings, progress of central government schemes, appointments of senior Muslim officers in the Central Secretarial, progress of government institutions like the National Commission for Minorities, the Central Wakf Council, the Haj Committee, the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language and Maulana Azad Education Foundation in the forthcoming issues.
All the past members of the Editorial Advisory Board of Muslim India have agreed to rejoin it, in addition to three new members of the board: former foreign secretary Muchkund Dubey, former permanent representative to the UN and currently chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Mohammad Hamid Ansari and
MG editor, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan.
The new Muslim India contains 32 pages and may be had from D-250, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025. The ordinary annual subscription is Rs 200 plus outstation clearance charges of Rs 30, “donor subscription” rate is Rs 500 per annum while the life subscription in India is Rs 2000. Overseas annual subscription rate is US$ 10 while overseas life subscription is $ 100. For other subscription details contact: Phone: (011) 26326780/ Fax: 26327346;