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On The Burden of Secularism

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On The Burden of Secularism

“The effort of Citizens for Peace in trying to bridge divides and create paths for dialogue is highly commendable.” No specific comments with respect to Citizens for Peace; however, I severely doubt the verity of all these so called efforts to bridge the divides. In most of the cases, these efforts contribute to further the divides, rather than bridging them... It all depends on which side of the panel weighs more - for example, look at the debate between Dr. Zakir Naik and Sri Ravi Shankar. That is one instance where we may claim that the Muslim community is voiceless least of all.

Sharjeel Ahmad (on MG Facebook page)

Sanaullah Zeba Jaunpuri

This is with reference to the report entitled “Sanaullah Zeba Jaunpuri” (MG 1-15 March, 2011). Urdu poet died in Delhi on 4 February. Born in Rampur town of Jaunpur district of UP in 1937. In addition to being a poet he was also a Hakim, who worked in Hamdard Dawakhana, Delhi for a long time. His anthology Hum Sab neend mein hain was published in 2004 and had been compiling his second anthology Diya Jalta raha.... but his death completed its term before he could complete it. The truth is that his death is a great loss to the nation. We shall be feeling a void for long due to his absence from this world forever. May his soul rest in the eternal peace! (Amen). May he enjoy heavenly bliss! (Amen).

Shakeel Ahmad Frank, Gorakhpur (UP)

Modi’s end

Lakhani (MG 1-15 March) is correct. “Modi sold Gujarat to save his skin.” God allows him to commit sin after sin but a time will surely come when falsehood shall lose and truth will win.

S. Akhtar, Khanpur Deh - 392150

Bengali weekly

I am going to publish one Bengali weekly, a pro-people progressive secular one from Kolkata. Since the readers group are semi literate or literate in Bengali only, they need translated version of valuable articles (average one article per issue) from your esteemed periodical. I seek your kind permission for reprint/syndication.

Dr Shamsul Alam, Kolkata

Editor of forthcoming Aj, kal, porshu

MG: You may use our articles by giving credit and reference to article.


Justice delayed and denied for innocent Muslims

Despite Aseemanand’s confession, Muslim youths are not being released from custody. Several ministers have already assured the justice to the families of falsely implicated youths. Central government is responsible for this injustice. Inordinate delay in getting justice would also amount to injustice in the estimation of public.

Syed Khurshid Anwar, Allahabad

Muslims and media

It is really shocking that the attitude of the National Press towards Muslims is very unfair and unjust and this is quite contrary to lofty principles of honest and fair journalism. This uncalled for attitude of National Press is on account of its colossal ignorance about Islam and its teachings, the in-built bias or prejudice against Muslim and lionizing and patronizing. “Progressive Muslims” who are half Muslims and virtually renegades who are totally opposed to fundaments of Islam and always denigrate Islam. By no standard or logic they can be considered as authorities on Islam. Same has happened with the recent Fatwa or religious decree issued by Asia’s second largest Muslim religious seminary i.e. Darul Uloom Deoband stressing the Islamic principle of disapproving free mixing of Muslim working women with their male colleagues both Muslim and non-Muslim. Even the Haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca which is one of the pillars of Islam cannot be performed by the Muslim women alone or with Muslim males who are non-mahrams. They can perform this religious duty when accompanied by their Mahrams i.e. their husbands, brothers, uncles, maternal uncles and nephews. Highlighting the condemnation of the Fatwa by a Muslim film actor who is now the blue boy of Hindu chauvinists like Bal Thackeray and others is person non-grata to Muslims and this has hurt the religious sentiments of Indian Muslims. This is quite against lofty principles of Indian traditions and honest and fair journalism.

Dr. M. Hashim Kidwai, Ex-MP, Mayur Vihar, Delhi – 91

Godhra was stage-managed by Modi

Former central minister and top Congress leader of Gujarat Shankar Singh Vaghela had openly blamed Modi for stage-managing Godhra to justify pre-planned, state – sponsored carnage in Gujarat. Trinamool Congress president and central minister Mamta Banerji had angrily said, “Since NDA Rly minister Nitish Kumar has been hiding Godhra train torching facts, the BJP led Govt. is supporting him on Eastern Rly bifurcation issue”. Assistant Director of Forensic science Laboratory, M.s. Dahia had told Justice Nanavati commission, probing Godhra incident that by re-enacting the scene of Feb. 27, 2002, they found that it was not possible to pour the liquid from outside as the compartment was 7 feet above the ground level and windows and doors were closed. It was possibly poured inside the compartment”, he said”. Rly minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has appointed a retired Supreme Court Judge Justice U.C. Banerji for probing coach burning at Godhra. Its report says “The fire originated in the S-6 coach itself, with out external output”. Former Supreme Court chief Justice V.N. Khare had also rejected the allegation of conspiracy of burning S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express from outside at Godhra. Kuldip Nayyar, the veteran journalist and former High commissioner of India in U.K. wants further highest level probe in this regard. Justice demands that a panel of sitting judges of Supreme Court should hold probe about Godhra-tragedy and wide spread dance of death and destruction in Gujarat.

G. Hasnain Kaif, Bhandara (M.S.)

Muslims in Bengal are in dilemma

The Alliance between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the All India National Congress (Cong I) is now through in west Bengal with TMC contesting about 228 seats while congress will fight on 65 constituencies. But it must be noted that the performance of the Congress at the centre has so far proved ineffective in controlling skyrocketing prices of essential commodities. It has also been found that many heavyweights either from the congress or the ruling alliance of UPA were on headlines for all the wrong reasons, denting the image of the party. Many find the price rise and numerous scams as the biggest negative achievements of the Congress-led UPA in recent months. It is in this Congress era that India have witnessed increased cases of harassment of dynamic and qualified Muslim young citizens by country’s security agencies. There is huge number of cases in which young Muslims were falsely framed as terrorists or their accomplices. Congress boasts as a secular party. But history shows that under the rule of the Congress the country witnessed more communal riots than under the government of any other party. Hence, with Congress as a dishonest party, Trinamool as an opportunist and a strong anti incumbency wave sweeping against the Leftist coalition, minority Muslims have got caught in a real dilemma over which party they would vote for this time. 

Aziz A.Mubaraki, Kolkata 700013

Enemy Property that does not belong to Enemy

No day passes in India, when the Brahmins in BJP and Congress do not come out with measures to punish Indian Muslims for the ‘sins’ of partition, even though Brahmins themselves were the main cause that India was divided. If they had been successful even by a fraud on Muslims, by giving them false hopes, the kind that Congress and CPIM Brahmins are experts at, India would have been one strong nation today. United India would have avoided the wanton bloodshed of millions in partition riots and later in meaningless wars. Even on the basis of their ethnic origins, majority of India Muslims, unlike the Aryan Brahmins, are not foreigners; but are the natives of India. It is the Brahmins who are the outsiders, however much they try to hoodwink their own kind, the people of India and the world at large. In last 64 years they have been enormously successful in marginalization of Muslims from the entire Indian polity. They have used every trick of the trade, using executive, legislature, judiciary and police and secret services, to ensure that Indian Muslims should never be given any space to be able to pose any threat to their oligarchy. With the new boom that India’s liberalization and influx of foreign investments pouring in, translating in astronomical rise in real estate prices, the Brahmins, both in Indian National Congress and BJP, both in tandem, have now focused on Awkaf and Enemy Property Administration, to see that Muslims should be deprived of any backdoor access to legitimate wealth. A case in Supreme Court giving Raja of Mahmoodabad the title and rights to properties valued around 5000 Crores has so incensed the Brahmins, both in Congress and in BJP that they are now conspiring to bring in legislation to completely block Indian judiciary from doing justice to legitimate right of property, which had been wrongly attached by successive governments.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

Brinda Karat’s visit of Kashmir

It is ridiculous that the communist party MP has visited Kashmir just to appease Muslims of West Bengal and garner their votes. May I ask her why she was mute spectator since last 20 years when there were number of casualties from both sides? Why she got up from deep slumber and gave a hood winking statement. She should have followed Ms Arundhati Roy and collected the abuses with her. If she is really interested in solving the Kashmir problem she should go to Pakistan and meet the leaders of Kashmir like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Meerwaiz, Yaseen Malik etc and give the actual data base to the government of India as to how many army Jawans and officers are going to be sacrificed on the alter of Kashmir and for how long the Indian army will stay there and what will be the fallout of heavy expenditure being incurred in Kashmir. This national problem is much more important than winning the election of West Bengal by the communist party.

Dr. Abdul Hameed Maqdoomi, Gulbarga

Saffron terror

It is established concretely that the Hindu terrorists are root cause with the support of jews for all sorts of panics, blasts, arson in India. Thousands of innocent Muslims are still in jails of their no faults. There are so many Aseemanand’s and Sanyasinies are still wondering in the country only to harass Muslims. For how long the timid Muslim will live here facing these atrocities of barbarism of saffronists: save the minority communities.

Khan Vellayani, Trivandrum

WikiLeaks exposure on mercy petitions in India

Latest Wikileaks exposures on deliberate delay in decision to hang Afzal Guru looks apparent by the way Union Home Ministry is acting these days. It seems that Indian government has virtually taken an indirect decision to suspend death-sentence by going too slow in taking decision on pending 29 petitions. Recent en-block turning of eight death-sentences into life-imprisonment by President of India was done in an unprecedented manner when Union Home Ministry recalled all these files for ‘review.’ Earlier two successive Union home Ministers had recommended rejection of all these mercy-petitions after even their decision to reject mercy-petitions got endorsed by Attorney General. After Supreme Court’s verdict, mercy-petitions must be only rarely accepted. Union government should take immediate steps to decide all pending mercy-petitions within a time-bound period of say three months. Delay in deciding mercy-petitions creates unnecessary emotions and provocation, apart from diluting fear against committing the crime. Rule should be to finally decide on mercy-petitions within three months of filing with hanging done within one week of rejection of mercy-petition. Also terrorists can repeat incidents like infamous hijack of IC-814 at Kandhar to get death-convicts like Afzal Guru and Kasab freed before being hanged in case of delayed decisions on mercy-petitions.

Subhash Chandra Agarwal, Delhi-6

MG comment: Indian Muslims have nothing to do with Afzal Guru as wronly stated in the Wikileaks. If the government is not keen to hang him, it is due to the situation in Kashmir.


CBI and its role in Babri Masjid case

The CBI initially acted as the pilots of social justice but later on they changed their attitude according to the taste of VHP, and Advani associates. The learned Judges too in the circle of saffaronists and passing judgements according to the will and pressure of L.K. Advani and his allies. The Babri Mosque demolition case was simply finalised in favour of RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal. All were expected a reasonable verdict would be realised from the legally and constitutionally educated judges. But all in vain judiciary is now at the hands of Hindu activists. So ordinary people cannot expect law and order. The pluralism, secularism, and monotheism were murdered by Hindu terrorists on 6th December 1992. Man made idols was erected in the mosque which was built for worshipping almighty God who created you and all of us. Hiding the facts and reality the greedy judges passed the judgement for the favour of rioters and looters. The judges and all are to answer for this utter blasphemy.

Rajmohan, Kochi – 4, Kerala

Which Islam?

Is there no light to show the real face of the true Islam which does not allow any unjust harm even to an ant or a plant and demonstrates that selflessly serving and helping Allah’s creation is the best kind of worship? The original Islam teaches us to give preference to the interests of others over our own’s!

Sultan A. Patel, Khanpur Deh – 392150

Tribute to Arjun Singh

Former chief minister of M.P. and ex-central minister Arjun Singh was a true Gandhian. He was deadly against sangh parivar and its communal and anti-Gandhian ideology. While Arjun Singh said, “Modi is an epitome of Godse – philosophy and battle lines are now drawn between followers of Gandhian – philosophy and Godse-ideology”. He further said, “An attempt is being made to kill the Gandhian philosophy in Gujarat. Our fight is against Godse-ideology which killed father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi”. Anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat was well planned conspiracy of Modi and his government. Unofficial estimates had put the death toll to 2500 and injured to 6000 as 95 percent were Muslims. Hundreds of Muslim’s house, shops, Mosques, Dargahs was looted burnt and demolished. 1.5 lakhs Muslims were living in 101 relief camps in inhuman conditions. The entire nation, barring a small section of saffronites, had condemned Modi’s state-sponsored-terrorism. About a dozen national and international fact finding commission’s reports, print and electronic media, opposition parties etc had exposed and condemned Modi, his administration and sangh parivar. They had tarnished fair name of India in the world. Justice demands that Modi and his party men, civil servants, police officers etc should be prosecuted and punished for their heinous crimes. Murderers, arsonists, rioters, rapists should also be punished and hanged.

G. Hasnain Kaif, Bhandara (M.S.)

Maulana Mazharul Haque award for Nitish Kumar?

The Indian association for Bihar and Jharkhand has decided to bestow on Nitish Kumar CM of Bihar the Maulana Mazharul Haque award 2011. Media’s didn’t detail about the association who are members of the association and why the association selected Mr. Nitish Kumar for the Maulana Mazharul Haque award when the university on the name of Maulana Mazharul Haque is running in a government flat on Baily Road. The Maulana Mazharul Haque Arabi and Farsi university didn’t get land whereas Nalanda University, Chanakya Law University inception of Nitish Kumar brain within 3-4 yrs got huge land to be established but Maulana Mazharul Haque University is 14 yrs old running in govt. flat. How can the association justify the bestowing the award? And what it will be called?

S. Haque, Patna

Effects on Muslims after Godhra

Thousands of Muslims across the country were in one way or the other lost their homes, relatives, business and wealth after the Godhra train incident. Hundreds of Muslims are in relief shelters and hundreds of victims are in streets and begging for their livelihood. The holocaust programme was carried out by the saffaronists under the guidance of state chief minister. During the riot period, the then President K.R. Narayanan repeatedly requested the Vajpayee government to control the riots and killings of Muslims, by departing military in Gujarat. The govt did nothing and instead added fuel to the fire.

Khan Vellayani, Trivandrum

Pray for Abhyanand DGP Bihar recovery

Abhyanand DGP of Bihar is mentor of Rahmani 30 Maulana Wali Rahmani. With the esteem guidance of Abhyanand Rahmani 30 classes for IIT started and many Muslim students qualified for IIT and other premium engineering institutions. Abhyanand and Mr. Anand earlier started super 30 to help poor students. The institutions managed poor boys fooding and lodging too. In five years 273 poor students competed in IITs. On the other hand, a Muslims DGP off and on publishes poems in Urdu daily. Affluent Muslims organise All India Mushaira to show his presence. This is one of the major reasons for Ummah’s deteriorating condition that affluent class are busy in non-constructive activities. Mr. Abhyanand is an example for Muslim affluent class how he is helping poor students to achieve position in their life. Mr. Abhyanand is hospitalised. We pray for his speedy recovery from heart ailment.

S. Haque, Patna

India the most problematic country

If you compare India with other countries you will find that India is engulfed by innumerable problems. And the Indians are accustomed with all these problems. They do not think to eliminate the causal agents. But they think the problems are the regular features of this world. Mostly these problems are due to the wrong practice of religious teachings. The Indians adopt Hinduism as they take birth in that religion. Castes are the main source of the ailment. Secondly, the wrong concept of God. Thirdly, wrong code of worship. Fourthly, the wrong code of life. Hinduism does not believe in the life hereafter the fifth is that Hindus do not have the role model to follow the foot prints. There is a complete set back in solving the problems and practicing the right system of life. Bias and prejudice made the situation still worse. The Hindus are not in a position to judge the right and wrong principle and practice of life, there are no reformers to reform the nation of 100 crores. Islam is the only panacea for all the ailments and problems but our intellectuals are drowned in the quagmire of hatred and false pride.

Dr. Abdul Hameed Maqdoomi, Gulbarga

Let respected ladies ponder

Is it not a weakness of a woman to consider herself weak and inferior to man and to copy him? Has Almighty Allah not granted her a greater honour by placing paradise under her (not his) feet? Is she no promised equal rewards when she remains peacefully indoor training the future generation, her holy lap being basic school for the whole world? Why should she take additional outdoor burden which the male must bear per nature? The sooner she bewares the better because the lustful and dishonest male is only enslaving her to fulfil his passion!

S.A.U. Patel, Khanpur Deh - 392150