Rejoinders / Letters to the Editor

Rejoinders/Opinion/Letters

MG

The entire community has appreciated your views on the subject as expressed in your recent article, which has revived the faith of the people in the secular & legal order at this critical turning point.

Syed Shahabuddin, President, AIMMM

syedshahabuddinexmp@gmail.com

II

Thank you so much for sending MG. My father liked all the inspiring articles and stories covered by Milli Gazette team. Latest issue related to Ayodhya verdict is very impressive and provides the right direction to Indian Muslims. I will pray to Allah for all of you to write these articles to enlighten and giving right direction to all the Muslims in India.                 Tajwer Sultana (via email)

III

I am a subscriber of your paper. All the articles and views expressed in the paper are very good. I am really appalled by the progressive thoughts of M.J.Akbar and Wahiduddin Khan.

Dr. Mohammed Abul Khair

mohammed.abulkhair@gmail.com

IV

I am very much pleased and satisfied with what you have written in your editorial of the last issue. Keep it up.

Prof. Juzer Bandukwala, Vadodra, Gujarat

V

Great headings and subheadings, Dr Saheb, on cover page of the  current issue ofMG.

Mumtaz Alam Falahi, editor, Twocircles.net(via sms)

V

I am an admirer of your newspaper the Milli Gazette and I have subscribed the same.  The articles published are thought provoking and timely as well. I am moved by the interview of Mr. Mohammed Azam Khan showing gesture of vacating his MLA seat to Mrs. Kavita Karkareji, published in the MG 1-15 October 2010, and also the article “Ayodhya Verdict” written by Justice Rajindar Sachar. I had the privilege of having very good relations with Late Hemant Karkareji when he was Deputy Commissioner of Police at Bhiwandi.  He also used to ask me question regarding the Muslim Festivals and also the background for those festivals. Late Hemant Karkare was a keen reader of books on varied subjects.  I remember a function organized by me on the Raees High School Ground, Bhiwandi, where renowned Music Director Naushad Saheb was the Chief Guest.  Late Hemant Karkare was a great admirer of Naushad Saheb and he personally requested me to arrange for a meeting with him.  When late Hemant Karkare met Naushad Saheb he said “Mujhe aap ashirwad dijiye” and he bowed before Naushad Saheb and Naushad Saheb placed his hands on Late Hemant Karkare’s head and blessed him. I still cherish the moments and the functions attended by me with Late Hemant Karkareji.The MG definitely requires more health from all quarters and I strongly feel that it is doing a great service in removing the misconception regarding Islam and the Muslims.  I congratulate you and your staff.

Yaseen Momin, Bhiwandi

yaseenmomin@yahoo.com

VI

Good cover page.... Hamza Sheth / Tells the true court story.... Ammar Anas / Very brilliant Nazim Khan / Mashallah, fantastic cover page, very brilliant, keep it up. Masood Mohd. Khan, Bhopal / Very good. I like it. Mubashshir Ashrafi

(from reactions on the MG Facebook page)

 

Indian Muslims are spineless

Spineless people! On 11th Sept. you were sleeping in your kothis. Now, when common Muslims protested the desecration of the glorious Qur'an you feel uneasy fearing that US may take you to task or hoping US would appreciate you. The appeal should have come from the Jamia Masjid on the 11th itself, but for the arrest of the three idiots, including the two evangelical priests, who desecrated the glorious Qur'an. I should say that the US envoy is more brave than you who publicly denounced this desecration without wasting time. It is because of you people that the Indian Muslim is so weak that even in front of him Babri Masjid was demolished.

Ehmed Shefiq(on MG Facebook page in response to the news that Indian Muslim leaders condemn attack on Christian properties)

 

Ayodhya verdict

If the Ayodhya case goes to the Supreme Court, we can expect one of the following two outcomes: (1) Apex court upholds the Allahabad High Court order. Will be a double blow for a Muslim side already on the backfoot. (2) SC quashes high court verdict. Would be construed as minority appeasement by the Hindu side, with attendant problems.  Neither outcome would be good for India. An out-of-court settlement would be in the interest of both the communities. My suggestion: (1) Hindus offer an apology for breaking into Babri Masjid in 1949 to install Hindu idols there, and for demolishing the structure in 1992. The apology should however have no bearing on the criminal prosecution of the culprits involved in the demolition. (2) Hindus pay reparations enough for erection of a new mosque in Ayodhya away from Ram Janmabhumi. (3) All Hindu organizations and the Government of India make a solemn commitment that no claims will be made on any other Muslim holy place in India such as the mosques in Varanasi and Mathura, and no attempts to damage or demolish them will be tolerated. (4) Muslims, for their part, make a brotherly gift of the whole Babri site to the Hindus for the specific purpose of building a magnificent Ram Mandir with the good wishes of Muslims.

Ghulam Mohiyuddin,USA (via email)

II

India has long been known in the West as home of the snake charmers and rope tricksters. Now it will be more famous for one of its most modern and much admired modern institutions turning out Voodoo justice – an amalgam of law and faith, the judgments given out by the 3 judge bench of a High Court, all with their versions of how Indian law should be interpreted. The Ayodhya verdict will go down in history as one of the finest example of an old tradition-steeped country trying to wear the garb of a new nation without realizing that its slip is showing. In fact, the Emperor wears no clothes. For one of contestants of the title suit of the Babri Masjid property, the Muslims, it is a mockery of justice. The Hindutva version of justice takes Indian justice to another two thousand years back, even prior to any sharia laws of Muslim era, and the verdict seems to be forerunner of how ‘Vedic’ ( term used for lack of any other suitable Hindu term: with apologies), in contrast to Islamic Sharia, laws may be changing the entire ethos of Indian polity. Pandit Nehru, a high-caste Kashmiri Brahmin, thanks to his exposure to Fabian culture that was in fashion when he studied in Great Britain, tried to position the newly independent India into a gradual slide into the modern world, by introducing ‘secularism’ as India’s constitutional creed. He was so overwhelmingly and suffocating by surrounded by hard-line Brahmins, even in his own Congress Party, that it is a miracle that the façade of secularism is still in vogue in India and the Hindutva hardliners too have eventually found shelter in secularism’s benign shadows. The shameless display of triumphalism shown by Saffron Brahmins, while spewing high moral slogans of unity and integrity in Indian society, is ample example of how the fascists have completely taken over the entire country, lock, stock and court hammer.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

III

Many journalists are writing columns on the reaction/feedback of the Muslim community to the High Court judgement on the Babri mosque dispute.  The Urdu newspapers are having a field day in depicting the Muslim community as all are set to make an appeal to the Supreme Court and not accept the High Court judgment. They are calling it a matter of honour for the community.  In several instances they are either selectively quoting the feedback they are receiving from the community or they are quoting their own opinions as opinions of the community. The fact is that  most people in the Muslim community will like to give this matter good analysis and patient thought and reviews it from all angles, before making up their mind.  First reports are that the opinions in the Muslim community are split almost at the middle.  The century old, powerful Jamiat ul Ulema Chief just issued a statement asking Muslims to not appeal to the Supreme Court and accept the High Court judgement, even though they are very unhappy about it. The journalists are well meaning folks however it is the ordinary Muslims who will face the juggernaut of the Hindutva militancy.  The ordinary Muslims have to ponder over the reality of what is called "secular India” and decide on the issue.  They have to balance their economic and social welfare over fighting on a principle to its limits.  The question remains as to why the responsibility to fight and suffer for true secularism in India is the responsibility of the Muslims?   While the top priority of other communities (Dalits, OBCs, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists) is economic and social welfare.  And thus while Muslim lag behind in socioeconomic arenas other communities are moving ahead. It behoves that Muslims' take the opinions and exhortation of journalists in their stride and make up their mind on the basis of their own realistic considerations.

Kaleem Kawaja

kaleemkawaja@gmail.com

IV

India is reeling under red terror, khaki terror and Bhagwa terror. But another sort of terror which is hidden and not exposed by media because it helps Hindutva forces.. Pune Bar Association took a decision that no lawyer would represent the case of Mirza Baig who is nabbed in German Bakery Blast. If any lawyer tries to puruse Mirza’s case he would be opposed. Mr Sushil Mancherkar advocate came forward to fight Mirza case he was forced to leave the case. Same decision was taken by Faizabad Bar Association not to plead the case of bomb blast accused. A man without representing his case and debated before judiciary is proved guilty. On 30th September, 2010 Allahabad High Court announced a decision. Let the decision be tested on touch-stone. Ex CJI VN Khare said that “last decision will be taken in Supreme Court. Many points from Allahabad HC will be debated. Proofs documents, facts witness and figures etc would be wide discussed”. This means VN Khare hinted that Allahabad HC decision is devoid of this. Mr AM Ahmadi Ex-CJI said that “High Court has pronounced its decision like a panchayat, through solution High Court tried to satisfy every concerned party. Ownership right is a document at proof, simply by shirking this question will not solve the problem”. Two ex-Chief Justices of India versions are sufficient to prove that Allahabad HC decisions based on very feeble ground. Justice DV Shylendra Kumar (Karnataka HC) said that “judges of superior court routinely misuse the power to punish for contempt of courts more to cover up their misdeeds than to uphold the majesty of law” This means that the law is interpreted and applied as per their astha (faith).            S Haque, Patna

 

People believed that the Earth was flat and we would ultimately fall down into the abyss of Hell if we walked straight in any direction, but that belief did not make the Earth flat. People believed for centuries that the Earth was the centre of the Universe but that popular belief did not change reality. The Earth still is just one of the satellites of the Sun. People believed that the Sun is circling the Earth, as they witnessed the Sun rising in the east every day and setting in the west. That illusion did not turn into reality. Popular belief did not make the Sun go round its satellite. The Earth still circles the Sun. People believed that the entire universe revolved round the Sun. Cosmological studies dethroned Sun from that enviable position and placed that ordinary star existing in a spiral arm of the Galaxy called Milky Way. And that galaxy is just one of the many star systems in the Universe. People conceived of a finite Universe but science proved that the Universe is expanding. People’s belief did not stop its expansion. People believed that the thirty-three million Gods of the Hindu Pantheon really existed in the hoary past, but their belief does not transform mythology into history. People believed that the mythological character named Ram was born in a place called Ayodhya, but their belief cannot transform mythology into history, even if periwig-pated eggheads swear it on oath.  

K P Prakasam

kpprakasam@live.com

VI

In 1885-86 AD, a Hindu priest Raghuvir Das and his companions filed a suit in the court of Faizabad sub-judge Pundit Harikishan to build a shed over a Chabutra, 95 steps away from Babri Masjid, since according to their faith the Chabutra was Ram’s birth place. The sub-judge Pandit Harikishan and then in subsequent cases the District Judge and English High Court Judge rejected the claim and dismissed the suit. The Judicial evidence of this historical suit proves that the Hindus laid claim not on the structure of the Babri Masjid but on a Chabutra far away from it. The complete record of this case is before the special Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court. The reality is that the stories were fabricated only after Babri Masjid was illegally and force fully taken by Hindus on 22 December, 1949 and idols of Ram were placed in Babri Masjid. This incident was enquired, reported and FIR was filed on 23/12/1949 by police sub-Inspector Shri Ram Dubey of Ayodhya police station.

G. Hasnain Kaif

Bhandara (MS) – 441904

VII

There is no denying the fact that the verdict on Babri Masjid has left a vast majority of Muslims feeling cheated by the Judiciary.  They had hoped for a Judgement based on impartiality but it seems that the Judges were influenced by the propaganda war unleashed by the anti-Muslim group.  There is a small minority of anti-Muslims, who justify their crime by citing Saudi Arabia or concocted history. Unfortunately they are more vocal, more visible and able to influence many saner persons including Muslims. But they conveniently forget the safety and security enjoyed by the vast majority of non-Muslims in the Muslim areas/countries. During the Muslim rule in India, the Muslims were in minority and even today Muslims are in minority. This exposes the rabidly false propaganda. In the recent past no one can ignore the fact that Muslims have been brutally killed in Gujarat, Mumbai, Nelie, Bhagalpur and a number of other places.  The denial of job opportunities and discrimination of Muslims in India is a well documented fact.  The installation of idols and demolition of the Babri Masjid was a confirmed criminal act and the Judgment has tried to ignore these fundamental facts, by justifying that in the garb of faith.  Those who favour the judgement say that there was no violence after the judgement.  Contrary to the perception, the fact is that Indian Muslims are peace loving and even in the event of injustices done to them, they abide by the rule of Law.  Had the Judgement gone in favour of Muslims there would have been violence against them by their adversaries.   However, the over-all good about Indians is that a huge majority of Muslims and non-Muslims are peace loving and believe in the Judgement of the hereafter. Due to which we find that the main vocal critics of the Judgement are Hindus.

Simply Indian

VIII

The Ayodhya dispute is as unsolved as ever. One shudders at the possibility of the communal peace suddenly snapping. The three way division of the loaf has left everyone hungry. The immediate resolution of dispute is more necessary than it ever was. The UPA government whose duty it is to take steps to prevent communal mobilization has washed its hands off the issue. It is an unpardonable dereliction. This inspite of the fact that the BJP, off and on, has been pleading with ruling Congress to facilitate dialogue between the two communities to end the dispute. Rajnath Singh, in 2005, made such a request. Vinay Katiyar pleaded with Congress last month to join in the process of dialogue to solve this vexed problem. Speaking on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of the BJP, Mr Advani has stated,” but for the fact that the party could not remain in power at Delhi, the Ram Mandir would have materialized at Ayodhya.” He asserts that the talks to resolve the Ayodhya dispute had been at an advanced stage in the last year of NDA’s tenure and that an enduring solution was possible through an agreement between two communities. Mr Advani has remained silent on who were the participants and what was the nature of the talks that had reached an advanced stage. He is also silent on what sort of “an atmosphere of mutual trust” was created during these talks and how. He will be doing a great service to the nation if he can still pick up the threads from where they were left with whoever participated in the talks. There is no need to be in power to pursue this noble goal.

Dr. Mookhi Amir Ali, Mumbai

IX

The demolishers of historic Babri Masjid call Babar invader, oppressor, temple breaker etc. In fact Babar was quite different from Aryan invaders and oppressors. He was a learned, broad minded, justice loving secular ruler. Most of the non-Muslim historians and scholars have praised Babar for his tolerant, just and secular character. Dr Rajendra Prasad, first President of India, had praised Babar in his book “India Divided”, third edition on page 39. In his will Babar had advised his son Humayun not to eat beef since Hindus worship cow. Similarly Prof Shri Ram Sharma in his book “Moghal Empire In India”, volume one, pages 54, 55 has quoted Babar’s will to his son Humayun. Prof Sharma has written in his book that Babar did not demolish any temple. On the contrary he had advised his son Humayun to protect and patronise temples.2 volume’s scholarly book “The Secular Emperor-Babar”, jointly written by Surinder Kaur and Sher Singh is worth reading. This book is a high level intellectual scrutiny of Babar. The authors have praised Babar for his non-communal, humanitarian, justice loving secular character. How could such a ruler demolish a temple held most sacred by Hindus? If Babar was such a Zealot and fanatic why did he not demolish the temples at Gwalior, Dholpur, Chanderi etc. Is it not an atrocity to spread false-hood and build a temple on untruth for Sri Ram who is held as an embodiment of truth, tolerance and compassion by the multitudes of millions?       G. Hasnain Kaif

Bhandara (MS) – 441904

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The December 6, 1992 Ayodhya outrage was perpetrated by the BJP led by L.K.Advani, who whipped up mob mentality and resorted to dangerous hooliganism all for ulterior political/personal purpose. In the underlying calculation, concerns about Rule of Law, public order, social harmony, national unity, and supreme national interest were all brutally and cynically trampled. India has before it the choice of amicable resolution of the unfortunate dispute and building national solidarity, or risk suffering another lethal chapter of conflict and harm to the nation. Communalism begets communalism.  Narrow thinking and machinations must be eschewed. India's enemies leave no stone unturned to exploit potential to foment trouble. Mutual understanding and accommodation and compromise are needed on the part of all concerned.   With such an approach all stand to gain. Without it we are lost. India's intelligentsia, political and religious leaders, opinion makers, media persons, Parliamentarians and legislators, the Judiciary, the Executive - the lay public - all and each have a role to play at this juncture. May good sense and goodwill prevail for a better future for all.  Shrinivas Rao Sohoni

s.s.sohoni@gmail.com

XI

There is no need to make a statement which would hurt the sentiments of other communities; instead we should exercise restraint and calm to maintain peace and communal harmony in the country. The whole land must belong only to one party, then what is the logic of splitting the disputed land into three parts (1/3rd for each party).  Regarding the Ayodhya verdict all parties concerned who are not satisfied by the Allahabad High Court verdict would approach the apex court. All India Muslim Personal law board (AIMPLB) along with other Muslim organisations are moving to the apex court because the court verdict has gone against the basic tenets of secularism and not relied on the historical facts and evidences but it had given preference to religious faith and belief over law.          Atiq Khan,Mumbra

atiqkhalil@gmail.com

XII

With this letter I want to express my pain and grief on the verdict on Ayodhya. The judgement more or less seems to be a political one, which is not based on facts. May the Almighty help you all in your endeavour to challenge the verdict in the Apex court? I completely agree with the views expressed by you all on the subject. The entire community is with you all. Through this letter I wish to express my feelings on the issue to A M Ahmadi Sahib, Editor Muslim India and Milli Gazette, Imam Bukhari, Ilyasi Sahib and Kureshi Sahib

Fazal Mohammed I. Patel, New Delhi

Fazalpatel42@yahoo.in

XIII

A resolution was passed during the meet of advocates practicing in Allahabad High court on 10 October. In this meeting people’s responses in the aftermath of the verdict were highly praised. Though the Muslims community was a bit disappointed but the way they remained calm even on this sensitive issue was laudable. It was also discussed at the meeting regarding law and order situation pre and post verdict. It was also unanimously decided on the basis of opinion from various section of society that the verdict was mainly based on faith rather than facts. We also agree to the recommendation of AIMPLB to move to the Apex court. Khursheed Anwar on behalf of Muslim advocates of Allahabad High Court.

Syed Khursheed Anwar, Allahaba

Hizbut Tahrir in India

I write this letter in regards to the article published On page 2 of your newspaper ‘The Milli Gazette’ dated 16 – 30 September, 2010, you have carried an article by one Mr. Maqsoodul Hasan Qasmi titled ‘Beware of these Mischief Makers’. In the sub-title you have mentioned “Who are these mysterious Jihadis? Asks Maqsoodul Hasan Qasmi about the sudden appearance of Hizb-ut-Tahrir on the Indian Scene’ I write this letter to you as clarifying the matter of Hizb ut Tahrir and the views expressed regarding the khilafah: Hizb-ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) is a non-violent global Islamic political organisation established in 1953. In the Muslim world, Hizb ut-Tahrir works at all levels of society to restore to the Muslims a means of living an Islamic way of life under the shade of the Khilafah State. Being Muslims it is our duty to present the deen of Allah as an alternate way of life to Capitalism. Today, when the world is reeling under the pressure of Capitalism and we see poverty and destitution becoming the rule of the day. India itself has 72% people earning below $ 2 a day according to the Tendulkar Report, it would be naïve to project the Capitalist system as a saviour. Indeed it is the capitalist system which has inherited corruption from generation to generation. The recent CWG games clearly manifested that. Allah has provided us with all the answers in the Quran and sunnah and hence it becomes our duty to provide a solution to the crisis the world is going through in a civilized way which will not only be a way of salvation for the Muslims but also for the non-Muslims. Mr Maqsoodul Hasan Qasmi is unable to appreciate the fact that it is the Capitalist democratic system and not the Islamic system which has lead to the misery in the world. It is the capitalist democratic system rampant with corruption and selfishness which is responsible for the economic crisis the world is facing. Paradoxically America which happens to call for this very system and even wage war for it has over 14% people living below poverty line. The situation back home in India is no better, although claimed to be the 3rd biggest power in the world, it is unable to solve decades old problems of Kashmir and the Maoists.

Abu Khalid Addehlawi
rasheed1357@yahoo.co.in

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2010 on page no. 30

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