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What troubles politicians?
The main problem haunting power-seeking politicians is how to foolvoters by showing lollypops to the communities which they themselves have made deadly against one - another selfishly!!
S. A. Akhtar, Khanpur Deh - 392150
 
Fasih Mahmood
The engineer Fasih Mehmood was caused to disappear by security agencies and nothing is known of his whereabouts. It is encouraging that the Supreme Court has ordered that he be produced by 1 June. In my view that Court should also see to it that the people behind this man's disappearance and detention are identified and punished.
Mukul Dube, Delhi 110091
uthappam@gmail.com
 
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Saudi authorities mum on Fasih Mahmood, SC told
The government Monday told the Supreme Court that Fasih Mahmood, a Bihar engineer who went missing in Saudi Arabia last month, was not in police custody in India and the Saudi authorities were not co-operating in tracing him. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Gourab Banerji told the apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice J.S. Khehar that "they (Saudi authorities) are not saying anything. They are really not telling us anything". "Now it is a question of diplomacy. How much pressure we can bring on...(Saudi authorities)," Banerji told the court adding that he was personally pursuing the matter with the external affairs ministry. Mahmood, 35, employed in Saudi Arabia, was allegedly picked up by intelligence agencies from Al Jubal May 13. He told the court that the affidavits of the Delhi Police and that of the Karnataka Police were before the court and he was making a statement that Mahmood was not in police custody in India. Banerji offered to put his statement on affidavit. He also told the court that as things stand today it would take time before Mahmood's whereabouts were actually known. Counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan appearing for Mahmood's wife Nikhat Parveen told the court that there were specific allegations that Indian police picked up Mahmood. "I am an Indian national. I need to know where is he (Fasih Mahmood)," Naushad Khan told the court. He told the court that the Karnataka Police had mentioned certain details in the Interpol red corner notice which were not in public domain and were only available to Mahmood's employer in Saudi Arabia. He wondered how could Karnataka Police have those details. The court directed the listing of the matter in the second week of July. Mahmood hails from Barh Saaila village in Darbhanga district of Bihar, about 200 km from Patna. His father, Firoz Ahmad, is in-charge of the Benipatti primary health centre in Madhubani district. His mother is a school teacher in Darbhanga.
Rafiuddin Farooqui - rafiuddinfarooqui@yahoo.co.in
 
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Modus operandi of security agencies
Two Madrasa students, Wasim and Sajjad, were kidnapped from Aligarh Railway junction on 24 May and their whereabouts were not declared. Fasih Mahmood, an engineer working in Gulf, was picked up by security agencies with K.S.A. police. For tracing out Fasih Mahmood, his wife filed petition in court but government denied his abduction. Now Qateel Siddiqui was killed in high profilqe Yarwada jail, Pune. Qateel Siddiqui was arrested by security agencies on the charge of German Bakery blast case. Police only accused Qateel Siddiqui but after his death, media branded him terrorist. Is media  acting as judiciary? Judiciary must take cognisance of security modus operandi to silence accused persons.
S. Haque, Patna
 
The New GOC 15 Corps in Kashmir
Lieutenant General Om Prakash, the new GOC of Army's 15 Corps in Kashmir has taken over. However, it can be safely argued that succeeding Lt Gen Hasnain, the tough super soldier but with a human heart, is really is a test for the new man's credibility for he has to live up to the expectations of all observers and Kashmiri Awaam and simultaneously carryout his own course of action with new innovations, ideas and interventions. Also Gen Hasnain's 19 month long stay as Corps leader besides being an able social worker with extensive outreach to public, his philanthropist approach, his being scholarly and an able defense expert has left a deep imprint thus indirectly made the new man's job a little more challenging and also General Om Prakash's no prior services in the valley has made his leadership more observable among the media and intellectual circles. What difference the new man makes in Kashmir for peace building and what different good he does for the bruised mass psyche of Kashmiri awaam, who were brutally tortured, killed in fake encounters, forcibly disappeared and even women folk and innocent children not spared remains to be seen. Military in any way should not act as an instrument of oppression and should not act as the operating agency of the repressive state apparatus, which actually has shaped up the geography of anger in this part of the world. Will he go Hasnain way or not is a great quest to watch.
Syed Adfar Rashid Shah, Jamia Millia Islamia,New Delhi
adfer.syed@gmail.com
 
Muslim fall prey of politics
Differences of opinion among parties exist and political wranglings are also common. It gives benefit to people but at the Muslim cause politics make Muslim prey. In case cub in Bihar NDA and UPA had fight over opening it either in Motihari or in Gaya. But lastly it is decided to start cub at both places. On the other hand, starting AMU campus at Kishanganj after a series of agitation Bihar government gave land after three years and it is going to be one year congress led U.P.A. at centre has not moved to allocate fund for construction of AMU campus in Kishanganj. Kishanganj has highest illetracy rate. On 5th June ICC result published, Kishanganj is at bottom where only 66.19% student got success when average passing district % is above 90% Muslims are made prey of politics due to timid Muslim leadership    
S. Haque, Patna
 
Equal sharers in struggle
 
Muslims are equal sharers in India's freedom. The world knows that the Muslims, the Hindus, the Sikhs and the Christians fought for India's freedom, and they died gallantly to attain freedom for India; and at last India became free from the shackles, chains of slavery. If it is so, why do some narrow minded people of our country call us Pakistani minded and terrorists? Such people should change their dirty mentality, and they should stop calling the Muslims terrorists. The Muslims are not so, but they are true patriots. History bears witness to it. I strongly disagree with such people who are doubtful about the fidelity of the Muslims, and I also condemn such people who are prejudiced against the Muslims. Islam is the religion of peace, love, unity and humanity, not of terrorism.
Shakeel Ahmad Frank, Gorakhpur
 
Muslims and the media
A section of media gives an impression that the Jamaat-e Islami ofBangladesh, Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and India are one and the same hence responsible for each other's activities. Infact just after partition of India, like communist Party, Muslim League, Jamiat-ul-Ulama etc., Jamaat-e-Islami was also partitioned. Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and had become independent. Like other divided parties there had been no link between these four Jamaats. Their leadership, constitutions, policies, programmes, were and are independent and separate. Is it justified to blame Indian Jamaat for the acts of Bangladeshi Jamaat or the acts of Pakistani Jamaat or Kashmiri Jamaat? The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind should be judged by its vast literature in varias Indian languages, by its constitution, by its constructive, humanitarian and peaceful policies and programmes and by the character and activities of its members and its 64 years brilliant record of national social and humanitarian services. The Indian Jamaat should not be judged by the professions and practices of Bangladeshi or Pakistani or Kashmiri Jamaat. This is true in case of other parties also.
G. Hasnain Kaif, Bhandara, Maharashtra
 
Female inferiority complex regrettable
One wonders why the right honourable women whose role of providing leadership through their lap training is very much greater that of men should, despite being highly educated, lower their dignity by trying to look like men in dress and hair etc. styles?! Islam says that
paradise is under the feet of mother - not father.
S.A.U. Patel, Khanpur Deh - 392150
 
Muslims endeavour in wanton things
Intermediate certificate result 2012 of Bihar announced on 5 June Kishanganj Muslim dominated district stood last portion out of 34 total districts. In the light of inter result Muslims must speculate what sort of community endeavour is required. Newspaper published 19 toppers list. No Muslim name appeared in the list when Muslim constitute 18% of Bihar population. According to population 3-4 Muslim student name should have been appeared. Ummah must speculate where its energy is wasting? Muslims must redefine their agenda instead of Mushaira, political use or filmy leanage to education. Then only Muslim can achieve the lost glory.
S. Haque, Patna
 
Where is Islam?
Who represents Muhammadi Islam which orders us to recognise ONLY ONE GOD as the Super power? There are many Muslim names. But totally deviated are their games and fames! They bow before the killers of the displaced Palestinian, sitting in the laps of the coward kings who are pulled by American strings!! Some bomb even holy Masjids and Madrasas and still claim to be the followers of Islam!!! Where is the original Islam?
S. Akhtar U. Patel, Khanpur Deh - 392150
 
Article 370
"Why only article 370? by Mansoor Ahmad Ajazi (MG, 16-30 June) is a unique article on the subject,I have had  ever read. It is an eye-opener for antagonists of article 370 and uniform civil code. Since the inception of  Jharkhand state protagonists of uniform civil code and antagonists of article 370 are in power here. Why not  they dare to repeal Kolhan act, CNT & SPT acts? What is their moral right to demand removal of article 370  and introduction of a uniform civil code? This article should be sent to saffron brigade for their brain- washing.
Nasim Ahmad, Rranchi, Jharkhand
jayant.dev2012@gmail.com
 
Indian bureaucracy
Today it is bureaucracy which is ruling over the country. It reminds us of an anecdote of Stuart England when an English satirist asked, "who rules England" and he got the reply from a political scientist "The King". Who rules the king was the next question and came the reply "The Duke", and who rules the Duke the reply was the "The devil". In the present Indian context if the question is asked who rules the India, the reply will be "Parliament" as under our democratic constitution Indian Parliament is Supreme and the reply to the next question, who rules the Parliament, the reply, "the Bureaucracy" will reveal the reality. Indian bureaucracy has become the greatest stumbling block and greatest hurdle in the smooth working of Indian democracy. In fact it is quite in compatible with democratic setup. The two cannot go together. In a democratic setup the government is for the people must serve them and do things for their welfare. Bureaucracy on the other hand is blind, deaf and dumb to the aspirations, feelings and sentiments of the people. It has become a far more potent and vital part in our administrative system. It has indeed become the most powerful and the most effective part of our system and has been lampooned for this obsession with files and out of date rules which are not in tune with times. Very many sufferings of the common man are due to cumbersome and time consuming procedures followed by bureaucracy. There is rightly a hue and cry on the corruption of ministers and politicians but how strange it is that there is little hue and cry on the corruption of bureaucracy although reports raids at the houses of bureaucracy are published daily in papers about their fabulous wealth and jewelry. Time has come when the bureaucratic setup is done away and is replaced by a civil service whose members considered themselves as servants of the people are in view of the spirit of public service. Decidedly this will be a great step towards strengthening democracy and confer immense benefits on the Indian masses and India will become a welfare state.
Dr. M. Hashim Kidwai, ex MP, Mayur Vihar, Delhi - 91
 
Beware of American imperialism

Indian sub continent was of British imperialism for 200 years. India won freedom by great sacrifices. Now American imperialism wants to enslave the world including India. America had supplied modern arms and millions of dollars to Usama Bin Laden and Taleban for driving out Soviet Union from Afghanistan. After the exit of U.S.S.R., America had invaded and occupied Afghanistan killing thousands of innocent people. America's allies Taliban had now became "terrorists". Brave Afghans have been fighting the Americaled NATO invaders since last 10 years.

On the basis of false propaganda of weapons of mass detruction America had attacked Iraq killing thousands of men, women, children and hanged Saddam Husain. America captured Iraq, its oil wells and oil fields. Now America wants to invade Iran to loot its vast reserves of oil and gas. After Iran, Pakistan and India are its targets. America was always against India. It had been giving arms and doll arsto its ally Pakistan. When China attacked India in 1962, America did not help India. On the contrary during Indo - Pak - Bangladesh war in 1971, America's seventh fleet had come in Bay of Bengal for helping Pakistan. America has been opposing India's entry in security council. India must adopt non - aligned policy of Jawahar lal Nehru.
G. Hasnain Kaif, Bhandara, Maharashtra
 
Muslims in jails
The recent report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) that the number of Muslims incarcerated in jails is nearly three times to their population, and that over a quarter of them are not having lawyers to represent them is shocking.  Ironically, in a great democracy like India, Muslims are caught in the vicious circle of being used as vote bank by one mainstream political party while getting blamed as being appeased by the other.  The community however has great expectations from the highest judiciary.  One hopes, the apex court will take cognizance of the TISS report and appoints fast track courts to dispose of the multitude cases.  The police officials who are found with slapping false cases with communal bias should be punished for this iniquity to be curtailed.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa.
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Indian jails are not safe for security reasons. On 8th of June 2012, the alleged I.M. operative has been murdered in a very inhuman way by Hindu hardliners in Pune’s Yarvada Jail. The Yarvada jail is considered one of the safest jails amongst all in India. It is serious negligence and delinquency of duty at the part of jail authorities, jailor and the home ministry of Maharashtra. In fact in almost every cases Maharashtra ATS arresting Muslim youths in the charges of terrorism. This time ATS arrested Qateel Siddique but could not keep him safe. Previously ATS used to killed an innocent in cold blooded in the form of fake encounters, when the act of ATS and police has come to the public, and public become aware about fake encounters which is nothing but a kind of legal terrorism of police. Now Maharashtra government in terror related charges with the hands of gangsters. Certainly this has been done by Chota Rajan or Hindu terrorists on the instigation of government. Maharashtra ATS took the custody of Qateel Siddique from a Delhi court in the month of May this year only. It would be the responsibility of Maharashtra government and ATS to keep so-called culprit safe and returned back to the Delhi Police. It is the negligence at the part of Maharashtra ATS and jail authorities. A detail CBI inquiry should be carried out to find the truth. Inquiry for the murder of Muhammad Qateel Siddique should be carried out by any central body or international body. Terror related cases should be handled by international body and cases be tried in international court The Hague. Sack and terminate the jailor and other related jail staff with immediate effect. 
Zuber Ahmed Khan, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
contact.z@rediffmail.com
 
 Materialism and spirituality
There are some people who believe in only materialism and reject spiritualism. There are some people who believe only in spiritualism and reject materialism. There some people who believe both in spiritualism as well as in materialism. I believe in both the philosophies. The powers which are related to God are spiritual and the powers which are related to man are material.  I shall give one example .Mr Qateel Siddiqui was murdered in the high security cell of Yardava jail by the government agency. He was yet to be presented before the court. An innocent young boy was murdered by the high powered government agency. It is a hidden power who can make bomb blast and blame the Muslim youths. They killed or encountered or sent to jail, hundreds of such youths were killed. The high powered hidden agency think that they did a pious job for killing Muslim youths as it was the obligation of their religion. It is the material power used by men. Then comes the hidden power of God. He killed 32 pilgrims near Osmanabad who were proceeding towards Shirdi on the very next day. The driver of the luxury bus lost control the bus plunged into a river passing through bridge. Again after two days the yatris were proceeding to the temple of Punderpur. They were busy in taking tiffin A bus driver coming from opposite side did notice the pilgrims sitting beside the road  lost control of the Bus and ran over the victim crushing them to death  7 men died on the spot. These two mishaps are among the hundreds of such accident occurring of the Hindu pilgrims going to self made gods not the real God. Those who kill the innocent Muslim youths should learn that the real God is much more powerful than them. They should stop their Devilish designs and should fear Almighty. He is far stronger than them. They must believe that there is also a hidden hand of God. Which plays its part whenever the need arises
Dr. A. H. Maqdoomi, Hyderabad
drmaqdoomi@yahoo.com
 
Malnourished children
An investigation disclosed by NDTV showcased some pathetic thing wherein the nutrition supplements meant for malnourished children in Anganwadis are being taken away by middlemen and are sold to poultry and dairy farms as feed for livestock. Ironically, it is also alleged that this horrible malpractice came into being only due to the involvement of government officials. This shameful incident was reported in Vikramgadh taluka in Thane district of Maharashtra though a hidden camera investigation. There are 95,380 functioning anganwadis in Maharashtra alone. Every year Rs. 1280 crore are being invested on rendering nutrition to children via these anganwadis by the State with the help of central government. However, despite putting a thundering amount for this domain, 80,586 severely underweight children are still found in Maharashtra. Thane district is one of the worst performing districts when malnutrition is considered. There are 6224 severely underweight children from the 4865 anganwadis in the Thane district. However, this malpractice is not just confined to this district as it can be found all across the state.  The Government’s fights are futile when the middlemen, allegedly with the collusion of some government authorities, ensure that the children go hungry. Unless these evil malpractices are properly controlled the districts like Thane will always remain at the bottom and the country fights against poverty and malnutrition will become futile.
Mohd Ziyaullah Khan, Nagpur—44013
writeziya@gmail.com

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2012 on page no. 23

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