Rejoinders / Letters to the Editor



We need to thank you for taking up and persevering under very difficult circumstances the onerous burden of being the voice of those who care for the Secular India and the rightful place of Muslims and other minorities who are integral part of the fabric of India.

Mirza A. Beg


By the grace of Almighty Allah and your endeavour, MG has successfully completed 15 years of its publication. The cartoons appearing in MG have been hard-hitting against the ills of society. "Har Shaakh pe ulloo baitha hai/Anjam-e-gulistan kya hoga" in your 16-30 Dec 2014 issue was remarkable.

S. Haque, Patna


On 125000 likes on MG Facebook Page

I like this paper because it is bold and fearless.

Mohammad Khalilullah Ansari (on MG facebook page)


Masha Allah, One of the best news paper leading the news of Indian Muslims .

Syed Mudassir (on MG facebook page)


I have been a reader of MG since the last 10 years and I love the standard which the newspaper has, the seriousness of its contents and the issues raised, the thought-provoking articles, the morale-boosting community work it brings to notice, the language…almost everything is commendable. But to be honest, your facebook posts are disappointing most of the times. I humbly request you to kindly take steps to improve it and raise the standards.

Muhammad Sayeed (on MG facebook page)


Rahul's decision wrong

Rahul's going out on holiday while Parliament was in session, depicts his bachpana. He can come out from the political tension by getting married. This is the proper age and proper time to perform the good deed. If he marries a beautiful Dalit girl, he can boost his political image. He will get the political support of a large segment of the population and the Dalit organisations will be compelled to supporthim politically.  The behind the curtain bosses in the party, who are anti-Muslim and anti-Dalit will become less effective. The main reason of the defeat of Congress is involvement of party leaders in corruption and their anti-Muslim stance. Thousands of Muslim youth were apprehended and thrown behind the bars on mere suspicion of involvement in terrorism. The upper caste elements of the Congress are fully responsible for the shameful defeat of the party in the parliamentary and Delhi assembly elections. The party president and vice president are naive. They should expel all the old faces of Congress and build a new party on the lines of AAP.

Dr AH Maqdoomi, Hyderabad


VHP Move

There is a news in The Hindu, reported by Simrit Kak, that VHP wants ban on bars and liquor. This is a good move of VHP. Wine is dangerous. It not only destroys the health of a man but causes the loss of his money also. The government is only interested in taxes than the health of its citizens. lslam has strictly banned liquour.

Dr AH Maqdoomi, Hyderabad


RSS: make your mind clear

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat while rebutting Obama's "religious tolerance is essential for development" lesson, said in Meerut "Sangh is home for all religions." Unity in diversity is basis of India, Hindutva paves the way for development etc" (Meerut / 8 Feb. 2015). Just a day later, the RSS chief said, "Favourable time has come to organise all Hindus. India is Hindu rashtra" (Delhi, 9 Feb.).

S. Haque, Patna



Prominent Indian print and electronic media has reported that after coming to power in J&K, PDP legislators condemned the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and demanded his remains to be handed over to his kin. It involves two issue and should be understood separately:

(1) Certainly the hanging of Afzal in February, 2013 was bad in law. Capital punishment is rightly on statute but is reserved only for those who are physically involved in killing some one. By no stretch of imagination capital punishment can be given to a person who is involved merely in criminal conspiracy of any murder / killings. Because it goes against the basic concept of criminal jurisprudence about the primary responsibility of the person who physically carry out the act of murder / killings.

(2) This fundamental principle of criminal jurisprudence can be understood by a common example where parents always scold their children when children commit some wrong on the instigation of their friend. Parents always say 'Vo kahega kuve me kood ja tu kood jayega' (if your friend says jump in the well, will you do it). Especially in a democracy where every adult citizen is supposed to be intelligent and responsible person who can elect even government, it is a travesty of justice to hang anyone who is involved merely in criminal conspiracy but not physically in murder / killings.

(3) Because Afzal was found involved by court only in criminal conspiracy but not physically in murder / killings at the site of crime (the Indian Parliament in 2001), hence not only Supreme Court of India erred in its judgement & sense of proportion when it passed death sentence to Afzal but President of India was also wrong in not converting capital punishment of Afzal Guru into life imprisonment while deciding his mercy petition.. Therefore anyone (in J&K or in rest of India) who criticizes the hanging of Afzal Guru has every constitutional right of freedom of expression to highlight the glaring injustice done to Afzal and his family by Indian State through hanging of Afzal Guru.

(4) Had the family members and friends of Afzal taken interest at that time in March 2013 then not merely the remains of body (which now they are demanding in 2015) but even his body could have been brought to Kashmir (at his home place) for giving last rites and burial to Afzal, as per the practice of his religion Islam. The PDP Legislatures, party members, some Kashmiri Muslims and others who are raising this demand of getting remains of Afzal's body, are interested only in blaming government of India and projecting Hindu majority India in a bad light on communal basis. Even now if some authorized person (family member) is interested in getting remains of body of Afzal Guru then he/she can do it easily through court proceeding as mention in said published letter and if he / she finds any difficulty in getting relief through these court proceedings then I am prepared to help him / her by coming to J&K or Delhi (wherever and whenever needed).

Hem Raj Jain, Bengaluru (Karnataka)


Be Liberal

This refers to Bushra Khwaja's groveling letter, Michelle Obama-Be civilised Please (MG, 1-15 March). At the outset, she must know that Taslima Nasreen is a full-fledged medico (she's an MBBS). As a free citizen, out of an oppressive and fanatic country like Bangladesh, she (Taslima) has every right to criticise and her criticism of Saudi Arabia's extreme religious rigidity is justified. What Obama's better half did was praiseworthy and she displayed the guts by not kow-towing to Saudi Arabia's antediluvian rules and notions about women as insignificant creatures and mere doormats. Muslims must know when and whom should they praise. Remember the words of Persian mystic Fariduddin Attar, 'Be liberal in praising even your enemy if he's right.'

Sumit Paul


Personal law

The judgement of Mr. Justice C. T. Selvam of the Madras High Court that the Indian Muslim minority community cannot rely on their Personal Law to marry off minor girls contradicts the judgement of Mr. Justice J. B. Parchiwal of the Gujrath High Court who held that Muslims do possess the right to marry off their daughters when the latter obtain puberty. Hence, this is a fit case to be taken up before the Apex Court.

S. M. Pasha, Periamet, Chennai 600003


Real terror blast conspiracy exposed

There was a big terror blast conspiracy in Godwana Express at Sihore on 16 Jan in which security personnel arrested Vineet Kumar (40), an engineer with electronic devices explosives, batteries, copper wires etc. The express was on way to Hazrat Nizamuddin from Jabalpur. On coach no. 8, berth no. 14, the terrorist was planting the bomb  (TOI / 17/01/15). Gaya DSP Shafiul Haque received a call threatening a blast in Pitra Paksha Mela and a blast at Mahabodhi mandir. The terrorist was saying "ISI agent speaking". DSP tracked the phone call and caught Mukesh Sharma and news appeared on page no. 4. Such faces are not glaring faces for media. Why? Later on, there was a minor  blast in Mahabodhi Mandir.

S. Haque, Patna


Better Alliance Than Merger

The news is roaming that Samajwadi Party, Janta Dal and Rashtriya Janta Dal are going to merge. But the past experiences shows that merger of the parties are not practical for instance the example of Janta Party in mid seventies was not successful. The mania of supremacy will lead to bifurcation. Instead of merger the option of alliance is much practical. In this option like minded parties as Congress, Trinmul Congress, C. P. I., C. P. M., A. A. P., M. I. M., Indian National League may come closer to safeguard and to fight fascist forces and to defend democracy and secularism. In this way a broad band and strong opposition may be formed, one the basis of common minimum programme. Which is the need of the hour for their survival and to safeguard secularism and democracy in this country.           

                Dr. S. R. Khan, Aligang, Lucknow


I appreciate your efforts I impressed with your worked and Contribution in empowering the social justice raising the voice against the communal forces in India.. May Since pray to MG grow rise highest vertical as well as horizontal growth in media. Insha Allah We will make India free from communal pollution..

Anas Khan,


India For Indians

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has done well to speak out publicly to the nation at celebration of the elevation to sainthood of Kuriakose Elias Charara and Mother Euphnasia at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi against religious violence and intolerance after a series of attacks on Churches, the controversy surrounding 'ghar wapsi' or religious  conversions and love Jehad. Mr. Modi has pledged that "My government will ensure that there is complete freedom of faith and that everyone has the un deniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice without coercion or undue influence." He further assured that "My government will not allow any religious group, belonging to the majority or the minority to incite hatred against others, overtly or covertly." It should be kept in mind that India is one of the largest democracy in the world. It has been the cradle of a variety of civilizations, cultures and religions. It is a pluralistic society. It has the birth place of Buddah, Mahavir, Guru Nanak, Mahatma Gandhi, Kabir, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dr. Zakir Husain, Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi and the like. All these beacons taught lesson of brotherhood and fraternity in their respective period and time. Their instructions and messages still inspire us to lead a peaceful life on this land. Let us revive the thought - provoking slogan of Swami Dayanand "India for the Indians". It is time Prime Minister must thwart VHP and RSS who try to turn India into a Hindu rashtra. They indeed undermine BJP's development agenda on which the party came to power. Moreover, Mr. Modi's slogan 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' can only be realised if communal harmony prevails and the government is seen to be upholding the law.

Obaidur Rahman Nadwi, Nadwa College, Lucknow-226007


Serious words

There are words that touch us; abortion is certainly one of them. According to Diccionario de la Lengua Española, abortion is the interruption of pregnancy due to spontaneous or induced causes. The first ones are part of the natural dynamics of the human being and there is little we can do to prevent them. The second ones cause mixed reactions and no one can be indifferent to this. Even for the same concept we look for words that reduce the actual or emotional burden that this word causes, I mean the determination to use the term "voluntary interruption of pregnancy." The core of the matter starts from a reality that today and from the scientific viewpoint nobody can dispute: the existence of human life from the moment of conception. It is true that this life is dependent on the mother, but no more dependent than is the newborn child from the care of his mother. A new life starts when the sperm and egg join together. It only needs time to become a child, adult or old person but already has all the genetic and biochemical systems to reach its full development. The passage of time makes the rest. Now came into force the new law on Sexual and Reproductive Health and the voluntary interruption of pregnancy in Spain. This enshrines the woman's right to abort until 14th week of gestation without more requirements or conditions. It is the free abortion up to the 14th week of gestation and the creation of an area of absolute impunity and autonomy for woman where is allowed to damage the main well of a person (life) in a violent and unpunished way. The act also allows that girls aged 16 can abort with or without knowledge, if it causes to the minor a serious conflict-of one of her legal representatives. We can make quite a lot of reflections about this law; now I will mention just a few:  The first one would be conceptual and linked to the fact that the World Health Organization uses the term abortion and specifies its different types and classes. It would seem reasonable to adopt its terminology; I mean abortion instead of the term "voluntary interruption of pregnancy." The second one would be linked to the positive fact of the respect and protection that society and us give to the life and physical integrity of people: we are firm champions of torture abolition and death penalty, we do not understand how slavery could exist, we are terrified when remember the examples of mass genocide of races and sick people that Nazism practiced, etc. If these achievements fill us with satisfaction why society does not care and defends in the same way the human life of the unborn? Do people who defend the respect for life only in some cases and not in others have a coherent thought? Finally, the last thought is related to the shocking fact that a girl aged 16 and 17 cannot vote in elections or drink alcohol in a bar, however she can, practically without the help and advice from anyone, abort.

Luis Ciprés Casasnovas, 44 002-Teruel, Spain


Congress crocodile tears routed them

Congress MP and former minister Shashi Tharoor tweeted that hanging of Afzal Guru was wrong (9/02/15). Congress senior leader and former CM of MP, Digvijay Singh had said killing of two Muslim students in Batla Hose was a fake encounter but home minister of UPA  P. Chidambaram announced that the encounter was genuine. He did not allow a fair judicial enquiry in the case. Before, during and after Babri Masjid demolition, Congress conspiracy emboldened the saffron brigade when Congress shed crocodile tears and now Congress has to shed real tears for its rout in the political game.

S. Haque, Patna