16-29 February 2012

Table of Contents

The Myth of Muslim votebank (Shahid Siddiqui) 1

When news is not news (Zafarul-Islam Khan) 1

Cartoon (MG/Yusuf) 1


Issue / Opinion

AMU is again becoming the leader of Muslim education (Kaleem Kawaja) 2

Hijab: An Open Letter to the World (Wajiha Mehdi) 2



Manu Smriti burnt by thousands (Mushtaque Madni, Pune - translated from Urdu) 3

Solution of Ayodhya dispute essential for world peace (Manzar Mehdi Faizabadi) 3

Plea against Gita teaching in M.P. schools rejected (MG News Desk) 3

Tension over Bhojshala/Mosque dispute (MG News Desk) 3

Two killed in communal clash (MG News Desk) 3



Indian students rank 2nd last in global test 4

Sadhvi Pragya files appeal in High Court 4

Kashmiri student shot at Ujjain 4

Gita PIL dismissed 4

Shah seeks S.C. permission to return 4

BJP manifesto fails to hide Muslim hatred (Mohammad Shahid Parvez) 4

JIH for Freedom of Speech (Nadim Ahmad) 4



BJP courts Muslims (Haider Abbas) 5

After religion, BJP turns to caste-based Hindutva in UP (Mohammad Naushad Khan) 5



Purushottam Khedekar - the man behind Maratha awakening (Mushtaque Madni) 6

Seminar on RTE and misgivings of Urdu-medium schools (MG News Desk) 6

Degree course in Urdu, Hindi medium in Yashwant Rao University (MG News Desk) 6

Demand for promoting modern education in madrasas (NA Ansari) 6



Convention on Muslim Reservation and  Restoration of AMU Minority Character 7

Social movements and social change (Ram Puniyani) 7

Cases pile up in J&K human rights forum (MG News Desk) 7

HRW questions India’s rights record (MG News Desk) 7

Superstitious technocrats bow to vastu (MG News Desk) 7



Arabic-Persian University without affiliation of madrasas is meaningless (NA Ansari) 8

Hard Hindutva vs. Soft Hindutva (Sameer Qaiyum) 8



India’s Christianophobia (Suhas Chakma) 9

JTSA questions the Maharashtra ATS Chief (Released by Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association, 24 January 2012) 9

Police killed boy in cold blood 9



Pathribal criminals will be punished (Afsana Rashid) 10

How Muslims should vote in UP Assembly elections (Syed Shahabuddin) 10



Where is the Muslim Vote? (Nilofar Suhrawardy) 11

Creeping Saffronisation in M.P. (anindianmuslim.com) 11

Israeli agents in India (Ghulam Muhammed) 11


Men & Women In News

Anis Suhrawardy (Nilofar Suhrawardy) 12


Special Report

The ruined haveli of Zeenat Mahal (Firoz Bakht Ahmed) 13

Gujarat Bohras court Modi (Photos provived by Farooq Abdul Gaffar Bawani,

Rajkot - mohammed.galeriya@yahoo.co.in) 13

Award for IGNOU VC 13

Cartoon (MG/Yusuf) 13


Community News

IDB wants to explore India 14

Muslims perform Hindu’s funeral 14

New Zakat House inaugurated in Madanpur Khadar 14

Karnal Muslims angry over encroachment on Qabristan 14

Discrimination against Muslim children in school admissions 14

MNS targets migrants using “13/7 links” 14

“Vote against BJP and Wahabis”: AIUMB 14

Helping minority women become independent in Maha 14

Absence of Muslims from 70-odd awardees is shame 14

IGNOU offers courses in Arabic and Urdu 14

On BSF’s brutality NHRC sends notice to Home Secretary 14


Community News

Marad riot caught up in blame game 15

Muslim organisations shun secular parties 15

Peaceful Basant Panchami under tight security 15

Bareilivism is no sect or community 15

“Reservation for Muslims a conspiracy” 15

Art 370 hindrance in action against human rights violation 15

Distance education emphasised for progress of Muslims 15

Saffron brigade harass “Atithi Deo Bhav” 15

True success not possible without making knowledge consistent with heavenly revelations (NA Ansari) 15



Confronting Iran: warmongering in the Middle East  16



Israel says it must attack Iran by summer 17

Israel's Rule Is That of The Jungle  17

The US monopolises the right to trample on others’ rights (Kodimirpal) 17



Wheels of Justice Catching up with Rogue Politicians in Pakistan (Karamatullah K. Ghori) 18

U.S. misjudged al-Qaida capabilities: official 18



Book: Political Islam in Colonial Punjab: Majlis-i-Ahrar 1929-1949, Author: Dr Samina Awan, Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2010, Pages: 235, Price: Rs 625 (Aamir Riaz) 19

Justice Katju’s book on Urdu released 19


Books from Pharos Media, publishers of this newspaper 20


Islamic Perspectives

Islam and female circumcision (Asghar Ali Engineer) 21

FGM: an attempt to tarnish Islam (Dr Sumit S Paul) 21


MG Classifieds 22


Rejoinder / Opinion / Letters

MG (Sayed Iftiyaz, S. Haque) 23

Jamia Hamdard (Prof. Muhammad Iqbal, Mohammad Saquib, Nand Kishore Adv., Dr Akhtar Adil) 23

Rushdie (Khan Yasir) 23

Reservation=crutches (Nazneen O. Saherwala) 23

Thank you Dr. Sumit S. Paul, (P. A. Mohamed Ameen) 23

ATS chief Maharashtra misled the country (S. Haque) 23

Pune insanity (Mushtaque Madni) 23

Muslims under Mayawati regime (Syed Najeeb Ahmad) 23

Upholding the cause of Palestine (Ghulam Rasool Dehlavi) 23

Terror charges: is there any solution to this problem? (A reader) 23

Morality of BJP ministers in Karnataka (Subhash Chandra Agrawal) 23

Our paper media too should be under a tight leash (A reader) 23



Idarah Al-Hasanaat (Rampur) 17

Taarikh Tadween Sunnat – Islamic Studies Academy (Pvt.) Ltd. 22

Kaanti (Weekly and Monthly) 22

Urdu Book Review 22

India’s first and only Scientific and Informative Urdu Magazine 22

Enlightens Allah’s Message – www.mostmerciful.com 24

Qur’an – A verse a day 24

O Rahman and Raheem 24

Foodsmiths 24

With best compliments from Kaleem Kawaja (Washington DC) 22

Free online Islamic university attracts thousands of students 24