Rejoinders / Letters to the Editor


After reading MG, I send it to others because what I like I want the same for others. This may lead to reach more and more persons.
S. Haque, Patna
I read your newspaper. You are playing a great role to bring awareness among Muslims.
Md. Asif Reyaz, The Sunday Indian (Urdu), Noida (U.P)
This is in reference to the article published in Milli Gazette, 16-31 December, “Five Suggestion for the Islamic World-ii” by Asghar Ali Engineer he has mentioned that in "Hijab is purely cultural and has not even mention in Quran let alone been made obligatory." I would like to draw your attention on Quranic Ayah of Surah Al-A'raf,7 Ayah 26, Surah Al Ahzaab 33 Ayah 59, Surah Noor 24 Ayah 31 which clearly state about the Hijab or Purdah. The above Quranic Ayah is sufficient to refute the statement that even Quran not mention. Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi's stated in his tafseer that in Surah Al- Ahzaab Chapter 33 Ayah 59 deals about Hijab or Purdah outside the home and in Surah Noor Chapter 24 Ayah 31 deals about the Hijab in home. Quran speaks about complete Hijab inside and outside the home. You can read more Quranic commentary by renowned scholars that can draw more light on this subject. Quran & Islam actually upgrade the women by Hijab and Muslims should be proud to be like as Quran and tradition of prophet has stated.
Mohd. Danish Fazal, Lucknow
Congress flip-flop on Batla encounter                     
General Secretary of the Congress party Digvijay Singh told the media in Azamgarh recently that I had demanded a judicial inquiry for the Batla House fake encounter but the prime minister and the home minister thought that it was a genuine encounter, so there is no need for any inquiry. Similarly, Modi government also used sing in the same tune of Mr Chidambarum that all encounters in Gujarat are genuine, but after intervening of Supreme Court by constituting a SIT to probe some encounters carried out in Gujarat under its own supervision. By knowing the investigation report everyone was astonished, because most of the encounters (e.g.  Sohrabuddin, Prajapati, Kauser Bi and Ishrat Jahan) proved to be fake encounters. After all if the government is so confident that Batla House encounter was genuine then why the govt. is hesitating to carry out a thorough inquiry for this particular encounter  to honour the sentiments of millions of Muslims and secular citizens of the country.
Atiq Khan, Mumbra
Even after Union Home Minister P Chidambram holding Delhi’s Batla House encounter genuine, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has again stressed on his earlier stand of taking the said encounter fake. But at the same time Digvijay Singh has said that in view of statement of Union Home Minister, he will not stress on a probe in the matter. Whole episode proves vote-bank pseudo-secular politics played by Digvijay Singh aimed to deliberately provoke members of minority community. If Union Home Ministry really considers encounter as genuine, it should file a criminal case under various clauses of Indian Penal Code against Digvijay Singh also for provoking people against police-force and national security.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal, Delhi-6
Another fake encounter in Gujarat
After Sorabuddin, Kausar Bi, Ishrat Jahan and three others now it is the turn for the inquiry of Sameer Khan Pathan. A new name of Sameer Khan Pathan would be added in the fake encounter list of the Muslim in Gujarat. Ahmedabad City Crime branch had gunned down Samir Khan on 22 October 2002, saying that he was Lashkar-e-Toiba operative who was on a mission to kill Modi. Sameer Khan son of Sarfaraz Khan Pathan was a Muslim boy who was from poor family background, lived at Saudagarni in Jamalpur. He was the eldest amongst five siblings; Sameer had two brothers and three sisters. He was merely 24 years old when he was killed in an encounter by the communal and prejudice police. His father Sarfaraz Khan was employed as a bus driver the AMTS. He dropped his studies after class 7 and did odd jobs. The same fabricated encounter theory cooked by then D.C.P. and culprit and criminal D.G. Vanzara. According to mastermind culprit DG Vanzara Sameer Khan had received terrorist training with the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan and was on the mission to kill the chief minister Modi, L.K. Advani and Pravin Togadia. Police officers are taking the advantage of their post and chair, arms and power. They are killing innocent Muslims in the name of terrorism. Police are killing Muslims with communal mentality which is an anti constitutional act by the police. This is not the case only in Gujarat but all over India.
Zuber Ahmad Khan, Navi Mumbai
Rushdie not allowed in India
The government must ensure Rushdie does not visit India in the near future. It should respect the sentiments of the Muslim community. Rushdie, in the name of freedom of speech has been disturbing communal harmony. Alas, there are many so-called liberals who take his side. No one can be granted unlimited freedom of speech as it is against both the logic and the constitution of India. The freedom must be restricted somewhere. We cannot abuse anyone we want or pass on offensive remarks against them using freedom of speech. Likewise it is punishable under the Constitution to use freedom of speech for inciting public to mob violence or defame any person. Secularism promotes peaceful co-existence. So, it must not be misused to disturb social harmony in whatsoever manner.
A Hameed Yousuf, Bangalore-08
In reference to Kashmir's Jamaat Islami’s opposition to and fury over Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur and its criticism of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah’s statement is certainly praiseworthy act. The blasphemous writer Salman Rushdie' though winning the Sir title for his shameless art in the West but here he deserves exile and hatred from every believer irrespective of sect, faith, affiliation or religious organization. His visit to his home country though is a different issue but  public rage against him is simply the protest against his remorseless encounters against Islam and owing to his heinous and simply unpardonable insult of Islam and the glorious Prophet (sallalahu ‘alyhi wasallam).The point is in this secular country not only those should be barred to roam free or left unpunished who hurt only Muslim sentiments but all those who hurt any religion, any faith and writers should not justify blasphemous jottings, ridicule must never be treated merely as the piece of art or what so ever. Also criticism cannot be intermingled with challenging the very institution of religion or blasphemy cannot be confused with perspectives or perception diversity. Not only Jamaat Islami but all religious organisations should condemn Rushdie and people should not give space to vested interests to politicise it. It must be purely a religious faith issue.
Syed Adfar Rashid Shah, JMI, New Delhi
Shame on Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot who is on his knees cajoling the organizers of the Jaipur Literary Festival to step forward to ensure that things don't come to such a pass where there is a law and order situation. This is a disgraceful way of asking them to stop Salman Rushdie from coming. The Chief Minister’s inability or absence of political will to deal with the threatened law and order situation stands exposed. He, as the head of the state, should be encouraging the organizers of the festival, an event he calls a matter of pride, to go ahead with their agenda without worrying about any disruption of their proceedings and the safety of their guests.
Dr Mookhi Amir Ali, Mumbai 400054
The Hindu, which was hitherto a secular national daily, has morphed into an prejudiced outfit in recent years, especially after Praveen Swami started writing its editorials. The editorial “Stand up for Salman Rushdie” published on 19th January has concluded with the words: ”It is an insult to the intelligence and good sense of India's 160 million-strong Muslim community to make out that it wants a prodigiously gifted writer, born in a Muslim family, to be treated as persona non grata in the land of his birth.” Should the 160-million strong Muslim communities in the country be proud of Salman Rushdie, just because he was born in a Muslim family?  Any Indian cannot be considered a true patriot, if he derides the constitution and makes fun of the Supreme Court.  For Muslims, the holy Qur’an is more sacrosanct than the country’s constitution as it is the book revealed by Almighty Allah.  Salman Rushdie may be one of the world's great novelists, but he should not have exercised his freedom of expression to hurt the religious feelings of an entire community. Moreover, as though to make mountain out of a molehill, the editorial has castigated the appeal by the Darul Uloom Deoband to the Union government not to allow Salman Rushdie as a “fatwa”.  One hopes, good sense would prevail upon the sagacious editor of the “The Hindu” Mr. N.Ram, before the prestigious daily slips into the hands of the communal forces!
Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa (A.P)
Union law minister Salman Khurshid had ruled out putting any restriction on condemned author Salman Rushdie from visiting India in the wake of demand by Muslims to cancel his visa. On the publication of Rushdie’s blasphemous book “the satanic verses” which contain most insulting and derogatory portions about Qur’anic Verses, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) etc., and Muslims had demanded a ban on this book and prosecution of Salman Rushdie. The central government had banned the book upholding the principles of morality and justice. Such a ban was not a new thing in India. Before and after partition several blasphemous books which had injured the feelings of Hindu brethren were banned. The books were Maxwylie’s “Hindu Heaven”, Catherine Mayo’s “Mother India”, and Arthur Mile’s “The Land of Lingam”. Muslims did not oppose these bans as is going on in support of Rushdie and his blasphemous book in the name of freedom of expression. Recently on the demand of Hindus, central govt. has officially strongly opposed the demand of ban on “Bhagwat Geeta” in Russia. “The satanic verses” has gravely hurt the religious feelings of Muslims all over the world. Their demand that the book be banned and Rushdie be prosecuted and punished is quite justified.
G. Hasnain Kaif, Bhandara, Maharashtra
Ban on cow slaughter
This is with reference to the editorial of Deccan Herald on 10 January 2012. The editor has taken into consideration various effects of law of banning cow slaughter. He has written about the legislation enacted by the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh is too stringent to be a normal law in any part of the country.  In this connection we should think about the queries raised about the holiness of cows and the ban on their slaughter. The God is one.  He is present since beginning and will remain till ever.  He is omnipresent and omnipotent. Man rationally has to worship Him only. It is dishonour of God as well as man to worship the other creatures like cows, sun, moon, stars, animals like serpent, mountains, rivers, even men and women. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan a renowned Islamic scholar long back had collected data.  On the Pakistan border of Gujarat cows are smuggled to butchers at a pittance. The Pakistanis sell the skins at rate of Rupees 50 to Indian businessmen.  Did Modi look this unlawful business of Gujaratis?
Dr. A. H. MaqdoomiHyderabad
Fake delegation of “Muslim Imams” and clerics to Israel
The reason why  avowedly Zionist country wants to take hired Indian beards onboard is for creating the impression that Indian Muslims are not averse to Israel.Muslims constitute almost 15 per cent of the total population in India  and play an important role in the formation of government in New Delhi.Tel Aviv wants a pliant Indian government so that it toes its  distruptive policies in the Middle East. So far the UPA has adopted a nuanced policy towards Israel which does not put it on the wrong foot while supporting the Palestinian cause.The Zionists are increasingly becoming isolated and have lost even a durable friend like Turkey, the only Muslim country that maintained close contacts with Israel.To filll that void, it wants to showcase Indian Muslims as its supporters.This sham show can hardly last as all Muslims dispise Israel without exception.But Indian rightists and Muslim baiters seem to be on Israel's rollcall as they keep visiting that country on a regular basis apparently to learn about dry irrigation and horticulture. However, India is a big country which will soon play a majore role in West Asia and that is likely to dwarf Israel paricularly when Uncle Sam's influence is on the wane.  So the tiny country with a huge baggage of violence against  Muslim countries wants to enlist Indian mullahs. How ridiculous and naive?Indian Muslim better beware of Zionist intrigues.
 Yunus Chitalwla, Dhoraji, Gujarat 
Malnutrition a national shame
The recent (Hunger and Malnutrition) report which says that – 42 per cent of Indian children under-five are malnourished, and 59 per cent of them suffer from moderate to severe stunting has made the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to call the findings a “national shame.”   But, the findings of the Nandi Foundation which has prepared the report should not surprise us, given the callous attitude of the UPA government to tackle the problem.  In October 2008, Dr. Singh had set up the Prime Minister's National Council on Nutrition Challenges to guide him on addressing malnutrition. Far from treating malnutrition as a challenge, the Prime Minister's Office had reduced it as an issue of least priority.  The high- profile council had met only once in the past three years in November 2010.  One of the most important decisions taken was to strengthen and restructure the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) – which is in operation for 36 years but utterly in a ramshackle condition due to paltry fund allocations. However, what surprised many, was the recommendation made by the Nandi Foundation that – biscuits are a good way to provide nutrition to malnourished children in the country.  The foundation had partnered in the past with the leading biscuit company Britannia, to promote its Tiger biscuits and other processed foods as part of the mid-day meal schemes.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin,Kadapa, AP
Terrorism issue: beware of nefarious designs
It is ludicrous that the print and electronic media which never tired to carryout non-stop harangue of “Indian Mujahideen” plot behind any terror activity in the country has hardly focused on the recent Hindutva plot to hoist a Pakistani flag to trigger communal strife.  But for the alertness of the Karnataka police who smelt the rat and nabbed the culprits, the incident of hoisting of a Pakistani flag at the Tahsildar office at Singadi, might have ignited yet another wave of communal violence.  That an elected representative of BJP was behind this heinous crime has exposed as how our politicians are prepared to polarize the voters, at the cost of vitiating the communal harmony and ruining the secular fabric of our nation.  This incident should also make the BJP leader LK Advani who had said, “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims” to revoke his jargon.              
Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa (A.P)
Sarkari Musalman and paid news
Thanks MG for exposing Sarkari Musalmans. Muslims suffers due to the Sarkari Musalman. I want to add another chapter to this squeal. For this establishing of AMU campus at Kishanganj, the central govt. requested Bihar govt. to allot land to establish AMU campus at Kishanganj on 26 Nov. 2008. Since three yrs. politics played but on 12 October 2011, revolutionary people of Kishanganj, Arraria etc. staged peaceful protest and bandh in the leadership of Maulana Asrarul Haque (M.P.) Akhtarul Imam Naushad Alam, Md. Javed (all MLAs from RJD, LJP). The protest and bundh was historical. Then within a months government arranged 224.02 acre of land in one plot. On 19 December, Md. Arifuddin Ahmad (Dy. Registar Legal, AMU) visited the site. All leaders were present but amazingly Md. Taslimuddin former M.P. / former cabinet minister JD (U) senior leader was also present. HT (20 December 11) wrote “JD (U) leader Md. Taslimuddin who had earlier kept a distance from the campaign for establishment of AMU centre was present on 19 December 2011 and expressed hope, that the session would start soon.” On 30 December 2011, MoU had been signed by V.C., AMU and D.M. Kishanganj as nominee of Bihar govt. Then paid news published (2 January 2012) in all Urdu dailies with caption “JD (U) leaders are very happy after getting land for AMU and they congratulated C.M. of Bihar” No Sarkari Musalmaan spoke for AMU before this date. Sarkari Musalman banks on paid news and they become leader by khoon laga kar shaheed kehlaate hain.            
S. Haque, Patna
Palestinian rights more important than business with Israel
Israel’s anti-peace activities and its continued occupation of Palestine need to be strongly condemned. Specially, its dangerous drawings regarding the Al-Aqsa mosque fall under a matter of grave concern not only for Muslims but also for the entire world community. Despite this tragic picture, it is disheartening to see that our external affairs minister SM Krishna visited Israel turning a blind eye to the sentiments of 20 crore Indian Muslims. It is also a matter of serious concern that Israel has become the largest supplier of arms to India. Increasing relations between Israel and India would also sour ties between India and the Muslim world. Our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’ speech at the UN General Assembly in September can never be forgotten in which he made a strong pitch for granting Palestinian UN membership in the face of hostile opposition from the United States and its Western allies. Keeping in mind the historical traditions of Indian policies, it is better to uphold the principle of the Palestinian rights and make serious efforts to give it practical shape than do some business with a terrorist country like Israel.       
Ghulam Rasool Dehlavi, N. Delhi-45
Inhuman act by US marines 
Recent pictures of US marines who are urinating on corpses of dead Afghans clearly show that how US is trying to win hearts and minds of Afghan people.  People are still in shock to see this type of inhuman act.  Pentagon identifies all four soldiers and confirmed that video is genuine. At the time when US authorities are trying hard to bring Afghan resistance forces on negotiation table this video will provide worst impact on negotiations.  This is the main reason that despite decade of war and presence of world most advance technology things are going bad to worse for US forces and resistance is growing everywhere. Only year ago some US soldiers were showing body parts of dead Afghans as winning trophies.   Despite several requests of US puppet Karzai night time raids and air strikes are still continue in several parts of Afghanistan. Last year record numbers of civilians lost their lives due to US and Nato air strikes. Despite serious violations of human rights by US and Nato forces no responsible is still brought for justice and its seems true that US administration is using inhuman torture techniques as   weapon of war. Water boarding, illegal detentions, keeping detainees in inhuman condition, ten years of Guantanamo has become worst chapter of violations of human rights in US war history. Stories which are also came from under US administration Bagram, Abu ghraib and Guntanamo are enough to open eyes of so called champions of human rights.          
Khawaja Umer Farooq

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2012 on page no. 22

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