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Malegaon scribes return Academy awards

Malegaon: Led by an 85-year-old journalist, three senior most scribes in Malegaon - the Muslim-dominated powerloom city in North Maharashtra, on 16 November returned the Maharashtra Urdu Academy Awards conferred on them. They were protesting against rising intolerance and violence against the downtrodden and minorities in India.

Along with their awards, 85-year-old Haroon BA, Hasan Farooqui and Abdul Haleem Siddiqui also returned the cash prizes handed over to them by the Maharashtra Urdu Academy to recognise their services in the field of journalism.

In a letter addressed to the Maharashtra State Urdu Sahitya Academy, Haroon BA accused the government of being biased against the downtrodden and minorities, especially the Muslims, and working on the agenda set by the RSS.

Abdul Haleem Siddiqui, Editor of weekly Bedari, said the journalists in Malegaon cannot remain silent when the secular fabric of the country is ruined.

Hasan Farooqui, who retired as principal of a local school, also returned the Maharashtra Urdu Academy award expressing concern over the prevailing situation in the country. Besides, his contribution in the filed of journalism, Farooqui was awarded for his services in the field of education.

Haroon BA, Siddiqui and Farooqui led a silent march and observed a two-minute silence in front of the statue of Dr. Ambedkar to condole the death of Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and others. (Excerpted from a report in ummid.com)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2015 on page no. 13

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