Rejoinders / Letters to the Editor

Rejoinders/Opinion/Letters

Ayodhya & Kashmir

Forced disappearance and daily harassment are the main causes of grievances in Kashmir. As for the tensed calm post 30 Sept verdict, well known fact is Muslims never crossed the line on the Babri masjid issue, it was in court since 60 yrs. rather the Hindutva brigade used it to incite people, Advani and BJP can trace their rebirth to this incitement of this hatred. Muslims always treated it as a legal dispute with religious affinity. But the extremist Hindu leaders played the card.

Shagufta Kalim(comment on MG website)

 

Open Letter to Rahul Gandhi on Kashmir

Is there any spare time with Rahul Gandhi to read this sincere letter from the Editor of the Milli Gazette? Any way I fully agree with it and appreciate it.  I think is better to send one more similar letter to our Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh & cc to Sonia Gandhi.

Mukhtar Ahmed

mmukhtarahmed@gmail.com

II

One thing should be brought home to all Kashmiris that under no circumstances, shall Kashmir be allowed to be alienated from India. This is a historical imperative and the youth better understand this basic premise of the integration of Kashmir with India. Any kashmiri leader worth his salt should be bold enough to understand this and make others to understand the same. As has been observed, no amount of militancy including export of terrorism by Pakistan into indian soil, as also driving away hapless Hindus from Kashmir has made any dent in this ground reality. In the entire rigmarole, the poor local Kashmiri suffers, while this so called leaders are flush with funds, real estate, not only across India, but around the globe. These so called leaders are no sympathasiers to the gullible kashmiri youth. They just care for themselves - Just a cursory glance at their property, acquired in sequel to militancy, shall speak loud and clear. Things shall definitely look up when the youth of Kashmir understand that their future can only be shaped in India. No amount radical influence can be of any help to them. Wishing the Kasmiri youth good luck and pray good sense prevails upon them.

Gwangneo

wangneog@yahoo.com

 

Kashmir Interlocutors

The government’s appointment of three apolitical personas Dilip Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M M Ansari as interlocutors for Kashmir is the first sensible thing done by this government although the PM has repeated his mistake of not taking the opposition in confidence. The BJP and the left have already raised eyebrows. The very fact that the hardliner Sayed Ali Shah Geelani was quick to reject the group and others are not quick to accept it indicates the low level of rapport enjoyed by Manmohan Singh in Kashmir compatred to what Atal Bihari Vajpayee commanded. This group of apolitical interlocutors must take cognizance of the facts that the Kashmir situation was the best at the fag end of Vajpayee’s prime ministership and it is the worst today. This group will do well to learn what Vajpayee’s “Kashmiriyat ke daire me” and “insaniyat ke daire me” means.

Dr Mookhi Amir Ali, Mumbai

II

The nomination of three interlocutors by the central govt. to start a fresh dialogue with people of different shades of opinion is yet another maverick strategy by the Govt. of India to hoodwink the world community. Previously the Saghir committee constituted by the central govt. also talked to the people of Kashmir and even put forth its suggestions to redress the grievances of the people. But unfortunately nobody knows the fate of those recommendations. India is often repeating such maverick moves to buy time and deceive the international community. This way, instead of resolving this complex issue, Indian think-tank would be making the issue more complex and confusing. During the last few months more than 110 innocent persons have already been killed with no fault of theirs. Even the teenagers were not spared. In such a highly charged atmosphere, the nomination of these irrelevant interlocutors does not make a sense. It has been a tragic part of Kashmir history that India is completely ignoring the genesis of Kashmir issue. Kashmir is not a mere territorial issue but it is linked with the aspirations of 100 million people. Kashmir dispute has dragged both India and Pakistan to fight four wars and is constantly draining their economy. Since both the countries are underdeveloped as such cannot bear huge expenses to sustain the Kashmir problem. India claiming to be the champion of democracy should have been more proactive and pragmatic vis a vis the solution of Kashmir dispute. The constitution of working groups/nomination of interlocutors is definitely going to fetch nothing except sheer wasting of time bluffing the masses and hoodwinking the international community. The Indian authorities have put aside the demands of both the factions of Hurriyat conference.They had demanded for demilitarization of troops, releasing of detainees, revocation of AFSPA, initiation of dialogue process.In fact Ali Shah Geelani had added one more demand that is recognizing Kashmir as an international dispute. This indifferent attitude of Indian Govt.has not only disappointed the general masses but even the mainstream parties like PDP. Now that the situation is not cooling down in this mountainous region.It becomes obligatory upon India to engage both Pakistan to hammer out a long lasting solution to this vexed issue.

Nasir Hussain Peerzadah, Srinagar

nhpzd07@gmail.com

 

Investigations in Sohrabuddin encounter

Milli Gazetteappears to be the only bold newspaper representing the downtrodden Muslims of India.Massive contributions in terms of finance should be made to make it more and more powerful. This paper should reach out to all Muslims of India and the world to challenge Hindu hypocrisy and lies. The Hindus have an extremely lobby in the West. It is this lobby that finances the anti Muslim Hindu establishment in India with their saffron dollar and saffron pound. Today in the world it is not the fundamental Christians but the Hindus who are the greatest enemies of the Muslims.If Muslims in India are to survive they have to unite under a very strong political leader who is sadly never seem to be there.Muslims politicians in India are a joke. They are so pitiably weak and boring or merely opportunistic.

Razi Ashraf  (comment on MG website)

 

Aziz Burney

This refers to the report captioned “Aziz Burney” (MG, 1-15 September, 2010). It is a matter of profound pleasure that Group Editor of Rashtriya Sahara Urdu daily was honoured with Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar Award by World Islamic Forum, London, in acknowledgement of his bold, fearless and revolutionary Journalism in India. Mr Aziz Burney deserves this honour for his contributions to Urdu Journalism.          

Shakeel Ahmad Frank

Gorakhpur, UP

State terrorism

The ‘Milli Gazette’ of October 1-15, 2010, especially the heart-rending tale of torture told on oath at pages 8-9 by a noble brave youth Ehtesham Qutub provides ample strong material to all Human Rights Organisations. They can effectively demand fair and transparent (visible) police interrogation of every detainee. Very wonderfully, this story also shows that the inhuman behaviour of policemen can also stir the heart of some one from them to such an extent that his conscience drives him to suicide as a gesture of a self-inflicted punishment!!                S. Akhtar, Khanpur Deh – 392150

 

Dr. Zakir Naik

The points raised in Mr. Faheemuddin’s letter (MG Sept’2010) are going off at a tangent of the issues regarding Dr. Zakir Naik. In debate one must stand his ground and not to change the subject to twist things to suit one’s mood and deviate from the core issue. His arguments regarding Crusades and stories of Bush etc. were therefore irrelevant. However, I would not let his letter pass without my comments on issues other than Dr. Zakir Naik as mentioned by him. I should perhaps inform him that as a free man of this country (U.K.) I have every right to express my views on any issue. Therefore, where is the need for me to claim to be a government’s agent?  He needs to keep his antipathy in check due to the fact he contradicts himself by defending, as a spokesman of the controversial Dr Zakir Naik, and instead has the audacity to ridiculously brand me as “an authorised representative of the U.K. government”. I am surprised as to why Mr Faheemuddin was elusive on Dr. Zakir Naik’s inflammatory statements which caused lot of despondency and provoked outrage among not only westerners, but also Muslims around the world.  Undoubtedly the Uttar Pradesh government visualised the manipulative intentions of Dr Zakir Naik and banned all his programmes. If this was not true then why did Mr.Faheemuddin not refute the media report? It therefore proves Dr. Zakir Naik is a controversial scholar and should be realized, if he had to visit the U.K. he would have risked a volatile reception from non-Muslims as well as British Muslims. Dr Zakir Naik has the ability to manipulate his religious knowledge to misguide his audience and is also capable of manoeuvring religious issues to convince people.  Sir George Bernard Shaw has said,” Islam is a great religion but Muslims are the worst people.”

A.M.A. Pira, London (via email)

Benefits of smiling

Sr. Saherwala (MG-Oct. 1-15) is right. In its current issue the monthly ‘Jafari Observer’ [Mumbai – 400009] has gone one step further and advised its readers to smile while picking up the phone to make the caller feel it in our voice!           Sultan A. Patel, Khanpur Deh – 392150

 

Bhagwat on Terrorism and Hinduism

I can't agree more with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat when he says that terrorism and Hinduism are contrary to each other and that a Hindu can never be a terrorist. What he conveniently ignores to mention is that a Brahmin and precisely an Aryavart Brahmin that he himself is, could very well be a terrorist and is born with terror instincts? Since the arrival of Aryas from central Asia, India, for centuries, has witnessed series of brutal attacks and terrorism on peace loving Jains, Buddhists and local Dravidians unleashed by the Aryans. And who can pardon the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, conspired and implemented upon by the Pune based Aryavart Brahminists with an active connivance by Sardar Patel himself?. And look at the long list of today's star terrorists of 'Abhinav Bharat (all Brahmins) pioneered by another Brahmin terrorist Damodar Savarkar and later revived by Lt. Col. Purohit Prasad, whose involvement in all the bomb blasts, that were carried in different cities including Samjhouta Express, is being confirmed today even by the Brahmin supportive mainstream media. The irony however, with our Hindu brethren, given their simplicity, is that they could easily be victimised by the Brahminical conspirical theories and statements that are actually aimed against them and not minorities. The day the indigenous Hindus woke up (and they are waking up fast) and realised how for centuries, they had been fooled and victimised by the Brahmins, India would witness a new dawn and true sense of democracy and Independence.

Mushtaque Madni, Pune

mushtaque.madni@rediffmail.com

 

Imam Bukhari assaults journalist

So called Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi Syed Ahmed Bukhari assaulted a journalist, Mr. Mohammad Abdul Waheed Chisti of Dastaan-e-Awadh, for asking a question on the Allahabad High Court verdict and Babri Masjid title suits while addressing a Press Conference at Lucknow. Attack on Mr. Chisti is an attack on freedom of press. Mr. Bukhari has brought disrespect to not only the office of Shahi Imam but also on the entire Muslim community.  Mr. Bukhari convened a press conference to appraise the public about Babri Masjid verdict. He cannot expect the questions which please him or are suitable to him. Sometimes, one has to face embarrassing questions. Why did he convene press conference, if he was not prepared to face adverse, inconvenient and uncomfortable questions?   Mr. Bukhari should tender an apology not only to Mr. Chisti but also to the entire press. If he fails to tender an apology, he should be put behind bars for taking law into his own hands.

Farooq Abdul Gaffar Bawani, Rajkot

 

Flag bearer of Sushashan held with Rs 8.10 lakh

The JD(U) candidate who is seeking 2nd term from Narkhatia Assembly Constituency was arrested from a hotel with Rs 8.10 lakh cash. MLA Shyam Bihari Prasad JD(U) was taken into custody with a suit case full of cash. What Govt. of Sushashan is this which promotes suit case culture. JD(U) is ruling Bihar with the help of BJP. That is why such a big news was published on page 5 with least importance. The same news published in National Hindi daily on Page 20. Media dominated by saffron brains are custodian of Bhagwa government and saves NDA.          S. Haque, Patna

 

Whither Muslim leadership

Rasoole Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam had foretold that a day will come when Muslims will suffer from wahan (weakness). He was asked about wahan, he said that love of material world and scare of death. Albeit living centuries together, the honourable members of MPLB failed to understand the mindset of Hindu rulers. The high court and Supreme Court’s decisions had already been done. While slaughtering the animal, euthanasia (hitting on the head to make it unconscious) is done and then the animal is slaughtered. Likewise the high court verdict is nothing short of euthanasia to Muslims. The final verdict will go against Muslims. Take it for granted. Writing proofs and condemning the verdict will not be of any use

Dr Abdul Hameed Maqdoomi, Gulbarga

drmaqdoomi@gmail.com

 

Shabana Wasim, name yet to be recognised

Shabana Wasim is a guide and mentor to poor and downtrodden women. Shabana helps the poor ladies resources available to earn bread by doing some business or handicraft work. She makes the poor ladies available resources to start business etc. She works in slum area. For the last 12 yrs she is working with some NGO. She runs many schools and at least nine schools where studies during night are undertaken. Shabana Wasim brings poor ladies to bank. She introduces poor ladies to bank. She got success in establishing schools. Shabana Wasim established more than 23 NGO. 14-15 ladies are members of each group. She often visits jail where she trains women jai; inmates. Muslim organisation and religious leaders must congratulate her. Such human rights activist, guide poor ladies. But note worthy work does not appear in Urdu media why? On the other hand poetry, filmy gossips, film, Khatna, Urs news etc get enough space, which is why Urdu dailies lost their sheen. MG revolutionary readers must congratulate her at Moti Mahal, Maango, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.              S Haque, Patna

 

Nitish and NDA

Dr. Manmohan Singh is right when he attacked and blamed Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for mess of the state. Nitish and his NDA rule have failed on all projects that were given by the centre for people’s benefit. The fact is that Nitish Kumar along with BJP is ruining the development and progress of Bihar, where people are struggling for survival due to non-implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and other special schemes that were meant for lower income group and minorities in the state. Centre has repeatedly tried to speed up the pace of progress in Bihar by providing basic needs like electricity, roads and good irrigation facilities. As per report, from year 2004 until now, the centre has given more than Rs. 6,000 crore for many districts and the Centre is giving special support and assistance, but the Bihar government has totally failed and not fulfilled its duties despite repeated reminders and warnings. They should elect government under the able leadership of one who can can offer a better and progressive govt.

Mohd. Ziyaullah Khan

writeziya@gmail.com

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2010 on page no. 31

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