Rejoinders / Letters to the Editor

Rejoinders/Opinion/Letters

MG

I pray to Allah for his longevity with very good health and peace of mind to MG editor to serve the readers, specially the Muslims by publishing the Milli Gazette. Undoubtedly, Dr Khan Sahib is pride and glory of India as a journalist and a true human being. He is free, frank, bold and fearless. He fears none to bring facts and truths to light. He fears only Allah.With best compliments to him and the same to the MG team. “I am proud of thee, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, for thy free, frank, fearless and bold journalism” “May God bless Dr Khan”

Shakeel Ahmad Frank, Gorakhpur (UP)

 

I read the review by Abdul Gaffar Khan on the book Gumnam Mujahedine Junge Azadi 1857 (MG, 16-30 Sept 10) and rue the fact that it was not written in English to cater to a wider readership. Please send me the full address of the publisher. It is true that the contributions of Muslims to the freedom struggle have never got the amount of exposure they deserve. Even William Darlymple has glossed over their contribution and dubbed it as Wahabi insurrection and relates it by interpolation to present-day Al-Qaeda. The British treated Muslims harshly in post 1857 period. Hundreds of Mujaheeddin that included prominent Ulemas were sent to Andamans to serve long periods of punishment. The last Muslim freedom fighter of 1857 died in 1908. This apart, many more were sent to Malta in the Mediterranian and there is a kabrishtan there where their bones are interned. Among them is the grave of maulana Ahmed Faizabadi. The orange grown in Malta was brought to Punjab by Sikh troops who were posted on guard duty and they were called ‘Malta’ after Island’s name. Grown in Punjab in large quantities. They in an unexpected serve as reminder of the sacrifices made by the Muslims in 1857. I congratulate Mr Sayeed for making a huge contribution by writing the book.

Yunus Chitalwala, Gujarat

adilchital@yahoo.in

MG: The address of the author is: Wasim A. Saeed, c/o Lunar Electricals, Basement, Plant No. 426, Patparganj Industrial Area

Delhi - 110092, Mob. 9811123575, Email: wasaeed03@yahoo.co.in

 

Gujarati edition of Who Killed Karkare

Almost all of my anxieties went away with the announcement of the Gujarati language edition of Who Killed Karkare?, Useful writings of both brothers Bawani and Lakhani as well as my humble submission about Shri Valjibhai Patel’s worry about our government’s ‘secularism’.

Sultan Akhtar U Patel

Khanpur Deh – 392150

 

Greeting by namaste

American Journal of Infection Control has published a report warning hand-shake to be even more infectious than kissing. Earlier also American health authorities had recommended greeting by folded hands instead of western style by shaking hands or kissing endorsing Indian style of saying ‘namaste’ with folded hands for normal greetings. It is one of many such glorious aspects of Hinduism which are purely based on highly advanced scientific theories set by ancient saints.

Madhu Agarwal, Delhi

subhashmadhu@sify.com

MG: No, handshake is "purely based on highly advanced scientific theories set by ancient saints after deliberate analysis.”!!!! Are you sure? I feel this has everything to do with caste-system and not your scientific claim.

 

Saffron Terror

This is with reference to the article “Saffron terror: colour overshadows gravity of threats” (MG, September 16-30). While the union minister P. Chidambaram may not be right in associating terrorism with certain colour “saffron”, the fact should not be denied the elements holding saffron as their identity pose a serious internal threat to the stability of India. The Bhagwa (saffron) Brigade is infamous for its destructive agendas such as demolishing the Babri Masjid and orchestrating Muslims’ genocide in Gujarat. They are also alleged perpetrators of myriad bomb blasts rocking India. We do not blame colour for terrorism but it is a fact that protectors of Hindutva; the men behind destabilising India and who tried to transform the Indian democracy into Ram Rashtra, are associated with this colour in one way or the other.

A. Hameed Yousuf, Bangalore

ahameed12@gmail.com>

 

From classroom to Police lines

This is with reference to the report entitled “From Classroom to Police lines” (MG, 1-15 September 10). It gives me great joy that Yasmin Shaikh has shown her talent from class room to police lines. It is a matter of pride for us, and it is also a matter of great joy that being a woman, she showed her intention to become Dy SP and as such she became a role model of thousands of educated Muslim woman by accepting a tough, difficult and challenging job. Shortly, she will be sent for training and then appointed as a Dy SP. Yasmin is the first woman Dy SP in Gujarat Police Service. She intends to clear UPSC. She is pride for India, Gujarat and particularly for Surat. I pray for her long life, health and peace of mind.

Shakeel Ahmad Frank

Gorakhpur, UP

 

II

Dr Mustafa Kamal Sherwani’s two poems published in the MG 16-30 September, 2010 are thought provoking, useful and informative. Dr Sahib’s poem captioned “Eid Greetings” throw light on Eid, which is the festival of joy, love, unity, peace and brotherhood. We should learn a lesson from it. Dr Sahib’s poem entitled “Mr Chidambaram! What have you said?” is in response to Mr Chidambaram. The concluding lines of the poem are highly commendable. These are as follows:” We are the masters of our land: It is our choice. Dr Mustafa Kamal Sherwani is a bold poet. Congratulations to him.

Shakeel Ahmad Frank

Gorakhpur (UP)

 

Babri imbroglio

I refer to article by Mr Aziz Haider on ‘What happened at Ayodhya 150 years ago?’ in your latest issue. The Amir Ali incident of 1855 was basically different from the Babri Masjid dispute of 1949. In 1855 there was no dispute between Hindus & Muslims on the status of Babri Masjid proper. When Amir Ali organized a military expedition to rebuild a Masjid which was said to exist in the Hanumangarhi and was demolished, he and his men had camped in Babri Masjid. The ‘Jihad’ laid to disaster consequences including the killing of the jihadis & the desecration of the Masjid by the Hindu forces & which come to the aid of Hanungarhi.

Syed Shahabuddin, ex-MP, New Delhi

syedshahabuddinexmp@gmail.com

II

The UP High Court has delivered a political verdict and thus lit the fuse of a time bomb. Where will it stop? How much time there is on the clock ticking on the bomb? How would the Hindu fanatics interpret this judgment (they will, of course, interpret it as victory for themselves) and chart their course for the future in its light? It’s grist to their mill and fodder for their cannons. Knowing their behaviour pattern one should’ve no fancy notions that they will not misbehave and draw maximum mileage out of it. They know they’ve the upper hand, and the law is firmly behind them. The challenge for our Muslim community in India is huge, nay colossal. Are the leaders of the community up to it? This is a question--you might say its a million dollar question--agitating the mind of one like me so far removed from the scene but so deeply and emotionally connected with the whole spectrum of Muslim issues in India. A layman like me--and I’ve no hesitation in calling myself a layman on Indian Muslims’ myriad issues and challenges--has been wondering since the Ayodhya verdict was unveiled last week if it wouldn’t be a good idea to convene a grand assembly--you may call it a jirga or a shura--of all the mainstream political, religious and community leaders of Indian Muslims on this issue with a one-item agenda: how to tackle this time bomb lit by this political verdict.

Karamat Ghori, Toronto, Canada (via email)

III

Muslim claim on Babri Masjid is akin to their claim on their own Indian identity.Peace without justice can never be a lasting and enduring peace. The brief before Allahabad High Court was that of a title suit on Babri Masjid property. The judges converted themselves into some kind of arbitration panel, without any reference to the original plaints. And it is all done in the name of justice and peace. It would be shortsighted to accept their convoluted verdict and feel that they have buried the Babri Masjid for all time to come. Nothing will be that far from the actual reality at ground level. The call for peace and negotiation from the Sangh Parivar is nothing but an open black mail threat to accept their terms or else. Muslims have been at the receiving end in India’s for the last 63 years and their back is against the wall. Let India not become an extension of Afghanistan and Pakistan. All secular people should not succumb to the Sangh Parivar pressure and rogue tactics and try to find solution in the mirage of a court judgment flawed so thoroughly as to be a blot on the name of justice. Come down to the cow belt land and you will see the ‘peace’ that they seek is nothing but a mad man’s dream. Here land is more precious than deities.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

IV

Rajender Sachar has quite succinctly explained how the Ayodhya verdict can not go against Muslims. Muslim leaders and their lawyers know this equally well. The question is can such a judgment from the judiciary ever be implemented? Is there a government in Delhi who can see the law taking its course? If that was the case the idols placed in the Babri masjid surreptitiously in December 1949 would have been removed. The best efforts of Nehru could do nothing about that incident which was a blatant trespass and vandalism. Please remember that at the time powerful Nehru was at the helm of the affairs of the nation and it was his party in government in Uttar Pradesh where Ayodhya is situated. The demolition of the mosque in 1992 was an illegal act. The then PM Narasimha Rao promised to rebuild it. Today in the event that the judgment goes in favor of Muslims, as anticipated not only by Justice Sachar but by all legal brains of India and the world, is Narasimha Rao’s congress willing and able to fulfill that promise? The answer has been given by the Indian National Congress. No. The Congress is on record saying that such a remedy will be worse than the disease. In other words the Congress has declared its hands off policy. On the other side the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has reiterated, this week, their stand that there is no question of any mosque coming up in the boundaries of Ayodhya. Rahul Gandhi has no time for “Ayodhya”. He says there are much more important issues to engage his mind than a non-issue like “Ayodhya”. The Indian National Congress has dutifully endorsed his views. In spite of repeated plea by the Hindu groups, Congress is not moving its little finger to bring Hindus and Muslims across the table to broker an amicable way out. Let us hope that peace prevails after the Allahabad/Lucknow court verdict. The matter will go to Supreme Court which, in all probabilities, will uphold the Allahabad court judgment. Now if we go by what Justice Sachar opines on the case, Muslims will have two favourable judgments in their two hands. Where do Muslims go from here? Can Justice Sachar, who makes Muslims comfortable by explaining the legality of the case, explain also the futility of the whole struggle? Unless there is an amicable settlement of the case, will not the case come back on the streets of India? Can Justice Sachar or any members of the Indian intelligentsia advise Muslims what they should do next? It may be mentioned here that one Muslim leader, of great stature, when asked about the possibility of Gujarat like situation developing out of the Babri dispute said, “Muslims have faced one Gujarat, we can face more Gujarats. That is not the problem.” Wonder which Muslims he consulted before saying it.

Dr Mookhi Amir Ali, Mumbai

drmookhi@hotmail.com

V

Nation heaved a sigh of relief following the three judges delivering the verdict on Ayodhya case (30th September 2010). There was no violence anywhere, something which was feared very much. The day passed off peacefully and the fear that violence would engulf parts of the country proved to be wrong, thanks to the maturity shown by large sections of population. As far as the judgment is concerned, I agree to Mulayam Singh Yadav has put forward, i.e. the Muslim community was betrayed. First their mosque is entered into by miscreants who install the Ram Lalla idols there. Then in a well orchestrated assault RSS combine demolishes the Mosque and now the court operates on the RSS theory that Ram was born at that spot. It seems if matters go the way they are going there is no need for scientific disciplines of History, Archaeology and others as a section of political force can gradually build up the faith, act upon that and then the court will legitimize the criminal acts in the name of faith of a section of society. The law of the land will come to such a pass is beyond the imagination of those who wish to adhere to the values of freedom movement and the Constitution of India.

Farzana Z Khan, Nagpur

VI

Kudos to Romila Thapar for her bold views in her article ‘The verdict on Ayodhya: a historian’s perspective’ (The Hindu – Oct 2). The three judges of the Allahabad High Court in their pursuit to bring an end to the long-pending Ayodhya dispute have set a weak-kneed judicial precedent – by giving primacy to "faith and belief" rather than law and evidence. Her statement “there will now be many such janmasthans wherever appropriate property can be found or a required dispute manufactured” portends the potential danger. The verdict has created an impression in the minds of the minorities that – they should budge to the faith and belief of the majority – which is not a good sign for democracy and secularism – the two vital elements of our constitution.

Syed Sultan Mohidin, Kadapa (A.P)

sultan_awaz@yahoo.co.in

VII

Just because the people of India have remained cool after the court verdict does not mean that the verdict is justified and correct. When mythology and "faith" of the majority take precedence over legal propriety and hard evidence, then how much conviction can the judgement carry? And if the Hindu claims were correct, why give one-third land to the Waqf Board - consolation prize? Over the years we (Muslims) have always asserted that we will abide by the court verdict. What about the other side? Again and again we have heard that either the court decides in favour of Ram Janmasthan otherwise they will assert that the court can’t decide on matters of faith. No wonder the judges have kept in mind the intransigent approach of the saffron brigade while delivering their verdict. It is very unfortunate and I feel it as black day as December 6, 1992. They demolished a structure on that fateful day and these judges broke my faith in capabilities of our judiciary on September 30, 2010. Despite provocation at many places, such as distributing sweets, bursting fire crackers and Even showing disrespect to holy book Quran by tearing and in scripting it with Jai Shri Ram, Muslim all over India have kept quiet as we feared that a decision based on reason, law and hard evidence might have lead to communal riots and ultimately Muslims would have faced the brunt again?

Aziz Mubaraki, Kolkata 700013

azizmubarki.blogspot.com

VIII

With Ayodhya verdict, the historic opportunity to establish that the judiciary shall ensure that rule of law prevail regardless of political or other expediency, and to earn international respect for our Indian institutions and acumen has been lost. Objectivity was expected rather than the political consideration from the courts. By passing judgment based on religious beliefs, the High Court has set a disturbing precedent. It is troubling that the High Court has chosen to ignore the archaeological evidence and scientific evidence. I hope that the Supreme Court will be able do the course correction in the interest of justice and not give in to political considerations. Carbon dating conducted during previous investigations had revealed that the artefacts reportedly discovered during excavations were of very recent origin, hence disproving the existence of a Hindu temple at the Babri Masjid site. However, the Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) has faltered while investigating these factors leading to such a fiasco.

Mohd Ziyaullah Khan, Nagpur

writeziya@gmail.com

IX

The law has been mocked at many times because the anti-social elements who indulge in such crimes go unpunished...this Ayodhya verdict is being criticised for not going by the book of law...if so, I think the judges have gone out of their way to pave way for reconciliation and mature settlement of this long-standing issue, and it must be taken in that spirit. 1/3rd of the piece of 2.7 acres is how big...and how can a "grand Mandir" be built there is for anyone to understand...hence I think there is a lot between the lines...which is the real thing. Whatever the parties to the suits may say, no one has actually won or lost here. Also instead of fearing the extremists, let us work to spread the msg of peace and if as we claim that most people are peace loving, then how come the extremists always succeed in having their way...why can’t the peace-loving majority assert themselves and say enough is enough...? And to just one bit more, some peace-loving people on Facebook have come up with the idea of a Ram Masjid...I really wish that Ram Masjid (or an Allah Mandir, if some wish to call it that) can become an example for the future...and although whatever be its name, it should be strictly used as a public utility place...a hospital, a school, a park...because Ishwar/Allah surely do not want more blood to spilled in their name.

Zohra Javed

zohra.javed@gmail.com

Torture in India and Gitmo

Abdul Salam Zaeef (Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan at the time of his arrest by ISI and consequently handing him over to CIA) writes in his autobiography:  “Even before I reached the helicopter, I was suddenly attacked from all sides. People kicked me, shouted at me, and my cloths were cut with knives. They ripped the black cloth from my face…….I was still naked when a callous American soldier gripped my arm and grabbed me on to the helicopter. They tied my hands and feet, sealed my mouth with duct tape and put a black cloth over my head.  That was in turn taped to my neck, and then I was shackled to the floor of the helicopter. All this time I could neither shout nor breathe. When I tried to catch my breath or move a little to one side, I was kicked hard by a soldier….A number of soldiers beat and kicked me. They behaved like animals for what seemed like hours. Afterwards, the soldiers sat on top of me and proceeded to have a conversation, as if they were sitting on a bench” (pages 172-3).  Zaeef further describes the torture given to him in Guantanamo jail: “My hands were tied so that could hardly perform tayammum. I was still praying when two soldiers entered the room. They let me finish my prayer before they asked me if I felt better, if I was cold or needed any thing” (page 177).

“My 75 days of horror in the hands of ATS” the story of Estesham Qutub (MG, 257, 1-15 Oct 10, pp 8-9), detained and tortured by Mumbai ATS challenged my wisdom to compare our Indian cops with the internationally acclaimed brutish American soldiers. For Americans there is a lot to learn from our Indian police and investigating agencies.

I would further request you Mr. Editor, to kindly send the copies of these two pages (8,9) of MG to our Muslim ministers, Muslim members of Parliament and state assemblies, and tell your community wants the answers of the questions: What is our status in this Democratic Republic of India?   

Mohammad Sharif khan Akuzai
Secy., Fair Trail Watch, Lucknow
khanmskhan3@rediffmail.com

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2010 on page no. 30

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