NEW DELHI: Muslim Organisations have asked the Union Home Minister Mr. L.K.Advani to take immediate action against the SDMs who have been using ‘vague and illegal’ notices to the Muslim property owners in the old parts of Delhi to prove their Indian nationality.
Against the mischief of the BJP-led Delhi administration, the Indian National League held a demonstration before the parliament on November 30, where its winter session is on. It may be recalled that for the last six months around 500 Muslim families in the historic walled city of Delhi have been asked to appear before the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate to prove the bonafide of Indian nationality of their forefathers or predecessors.
Sources in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office told the Islamic Voice, that Lt.Governor’s Mr. Vijay Kapoor has taken cognizance of the matter following a report in the Islamic Voice. Mr. Kapoor has asked the Development Commissioner, Mr. D.S. Negi to investigate the allegations. The residents collaborated with the officials and said that the police now has stopped serving them notices after the matter got some coverage in the press. However, they added that some officials has made it their pastime to harass them, dubbing as Pakistani Nationals.
President of INL, Delhi unit, Mr. Zameer Jumlana, informed the Islamic Voice that Lt. Governor has not yet responded to the letter written by the league on September 14. This amply reflects the intention of the Delhi Administration, he added. While demanding a CBI enquiry into allegations of extortion in the Muslim localities, the residents are contemplating to move the Supreme Court. Some residents revealed before the Islamic Voice that the Delhi Administration has lodged FIRs in different police stations against them so as to terrorize them. The FIR is charging them with making forged property documents. Mr. Jamlaner said despite persistent queries, the SDMs of Darya Ganj, Sadar Bazar, and Kotwali had refused to provide statistical information on the total number of notices served, the number of adverse or favourable findings and pending enquiries. They also were reluctant to show the records.
By A Staff Writer
“Vande Mataram has been a disputed hymn through out the freedom movement until now. As this song is basically polytheistic and atheistic, and there cannot be any compromise with such ideologies, the Muslims never accepted it. The Muslims as well as the Muslim League vehemently opposed it. Even Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru didn’t consider it as a national song and Subhash Chandra Bose as well opposed it even though he was a Bengali. The Indian National Congress had deleted some of its parts declaring them to be disputable and communal. All India Students’ Union too didn’t consider it suitable for recitation during students’ congregations declaring that it incited communal hatred.” (Statesman, December 12, 1938)
“An eminent Bengali socialist leader, M.N. Roy has stated that the Muslim criticism of the Vande Mataram is based on right fundamentals. Mr. Ram Manohar Lohia, another great socialist leader, too had come down very heavily on Anand Math (the novel which contained Vande Mataram) stating that the novel was a blot on our national struggle as it contained a declaration which welcomed the arrival of the English who would protect the life and property of the Indians from the Muslim rulers. In this way the novel is a source of humiliation to our national struggle.” (Jarida Ansari, August 18, 1938)
“Bankim Chandra Chatterjee who wrote the novel Anand Math completed his B.A. with a scholarship from Haji Mohsim Fund. And by authoring this novel, he was ungrateful to his benefactor.” (Zamindar, Lahore, October 20, 1937)
These are some of most important views from the time of our national struggle when the use of the hymn Vande Mataram was at its peak. This song forms part of a larger Bengali novel “Anand Math” which was written by a Bengali, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee which was basically meant to instill inspiration in the Hindu populace to work for the destruction of the Muslim rule in Bengal. Accordingly, Vande Mataram continued to be used a slogan to oust the Muslim rule and to erect a Hindu one.
The hero of the novel, Bhawananda is an ascetic. He recruits men for his mission. He meets a youth, Mahender. He then tries to explain him the meaning of Vande Mataram and warns him that unless the Muslims are banished from the Indian soil, his faith shall be in constant danger. Mahender asks him if he would face the Muslims alone. Bhanwanand replies asking would not the 30 crore voices with 60 crore swords in both their arms be enough for the mission. (vide the third stanza of Vande Mataram) When Mahender is not satisfied even then, Bhawanand takes him to Anand Math (the title of the novel). The Brahmachari of the Math takes Mahender inside the Math. The Math is half-illuminated with a narrow entrance. He enters the Math where he sees a big idol of Vishnu flanked by Lakshmi and Saraswati on either side. The Brahmachari introduces it to Mahender as the Mata and asks him to say Vande Mataram. He then takes him to another room where a magnificent idol of goddess Durga is kept. Here the Brahmachari prays the goddess chanting: “we worship ye, O Mata Durga, who posses ten hands. Ye are the Lakshmi whose abode is lotus. Ye are the bestower of knowledge.” (vide the fourth stanza) Now Mahender receives the inspiration and takes a pledge
The eighth chapter in the third part contains incidents of arson and bloodshed which inspires the Hindus to render the lives of the Muslims difficult. Voices are being raised to loot the Muslims and kill them. The atmosphere is filled with Vande Mataram. As a result, the Muslims try to take shelter far and near. The devotees of the Mata ask: “When would the time come when we would destroy the mosques and construct the temples of Radhi and Mahadev? To this the hero of the novel replies: “Now the English have arrived who will protect our life and property.”
The last sentence calls for our attention. How can a song which welcomes the arrival of the English on the Indian soil as our guardians be sung by the Indian children, leave alone the Muslim? The Muslim opposition to its singing is basically rooted in this contention. Praising the Indian soil and bowing ones head in front of her assuming her to be goddess Durga does not favour well with the Muslims. The anti-Muslim perspective of the Bengali novel, Anand Math and Vande Mataram, reveals the fact that the task of instigation of hatred in the Hindu youth against the Muslim rule of Bengal was achieved with this very hymn. The way the song was made to be sung worshipfully by a Hindu youth in front of the goddess Durga in a Math reveals the fact of its Hindu religious perspective which can never be in harmony with Islamic ideology. This is the reason why Vande Mataram is disputed from the time of the national freedom struggle to the present. Even the Gujarat High Court has long back stayed its compulsory recitation by the Muslims.
The Muslims are of the view that every aspect and phenomenon of the Indian soil should be loved, but it cannot be worshipped. And a nation cannot be assumed to be a god or goddess on the lines of the Hindu mythology.
By A.B. Masoud
Muslim community once again failed to get-due representation in the just concluded assembly polls to four states of Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram. However, the community can drive satisfaction that after a long time Muslims returned to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly and improved their tally in Rajasthan.
Five Muslim candidates were elected to MP assembly after a gap of five years. In Rajasthan, they improved their tally from five to 11. The national capital Delhi retained the same five Muslim faces.
Out of total 21 Muslim members, 17 were elected on the Congress ticket,. The Janata Dal, BJP and BSP shared one each while other is an Independent.
It is believed that Muslim votes played key role in the Congress landslide victories in Delhi, Rajasthan and MP. Though Muslim leaders have welcomed the strategy to vote for the secular alternative in order to defeat the BJP, they have cautioned that Congress should not take the Community for granted as they have returned to its fold after a decade of mistrust, after the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Despite the intense anti-BJP wave, the results of some constituencies have given message to the Congress that Muslims have not changed their heart totally in favour of the party. The victories of Janata Dal candidate Shoab Iqbal and Congress rebel Choudhry Matin Ahmad from Matia Mahal and Selampur seats respectively in Delhi and the success of BSP candidate Mehar Khan Azad from Nagur in Rajasthan are fine pointers in this regard. Matin was denied ticket by the Congress after he had an altercation with senior party leader R. K. Dhawan for using derogatory words against Muslim community.
In Delhi, the Congress official candidate Aziz A. Sidiqui and Salahuddin Pahalwan were defeated and Muslims chose to vote for stronger alternative Shoab Iqbal and Matin Ahmad. Significantly, the community ignored the call of Shahi Imam who vociferously campaigned against Shoab. These results have shown that Muslims refused to divide their votes among the weak candidates. They seemed determined that the BJP should not get walk over in the Muslim dominated constituencies by dividing their votes amongst a host of Muslim candidates.
In Delhi, out of six Muslims fielded by the Congress, three got elected namely, Parveiz Hashmi from Okhla, Haroon Yousuf from Ballimaran and Tajdar Babar from Minto Road. Abdul Hamid Khan alias Babu Khan Warsey lost to the BJP candidate by a slender margin. Interestingly there is no new Muslim face in the Assembly.
In Delhi, Muslims played a crucial role in at least 13 seats tilting them towards the Congress. These were Paharganj, Gonda, Sadar Bazar, Tuglaqabad, Malviya Nagar, which were considered strongholds of the BJP.
The recently elected 11th Assembly in MP will witness the presence of five Muslims namely Arif Aqueel (Bhopal North), Badruddin Qurashi (Bhillai), Saeed Ahmed (Satna), Ghulam Ahmad Sibtain (Badwara) Mohammad Akbar (Virander Nagar). Qazi Hameedudin lost by a thin margin from Burhanpur seat.
The new 200 member Rajsathan House will be represented by 11 Muslims, probably the highest number till the constitution of the House. The state has ten cent Muslim population, which demands atleast 20 Muslims in the Assembly.
The newly elected members are, Taqiuddin Ahmad (Jaipur city), Hafiz Mohammad (Mandal), Ch. Tayab Hussain (Kaman), Yasmin Abrar (Sawai Madhupur), Abdul Hadi (Chuttan), Amin Khan (Shiv), Abdul Aziz (Makrana), Qyuoom Khan (Masouda), Bhanuru Khan (Fathepur). The Congress had fielded 15 Muslims in the fray and got above nine candidates elected to the Assembly.
The BJP had fielded four Muslims and only one former minister Ramzan Khan could return to the House from Pushkar seat. Another BJP minister Nasru Khan lost. The successful BSP member is Mehar Khan Azad from Nagur.
Mr. Abdul Qyuoom Akhtar, convener of the state Milli Council complained that Congress had not fielded enough Muslims in the fray. He argued that Muslim representation could have been much more if the Congress had fielded Muslims in Kota and Jalawar districts, where they have a sizeable population.
BANGALORE: The Khadimane Mulk o Millat (KMM), the non-political organisation of Karnataka working for the promotion of political awareness has revived its mass contact programme in the state.
Representatives of the KMM recently visited Kolar, Tumkur, Mysore, Hiriyur, Sira and Chitradurga in order to grasp the ground realities and set up a mechanism to reach the masses.
The team of KMM representatives were led by its President, Mohammad Nissar and Secretary, Masood Abdul Khader. They were accompanied by Hafiz Shamsul Huda, Sayeedur Rahman, Sadatullah Khan, Syed Samiullah, Osman Baig, and Fairoz Ahmed and Aleemulla Khan.
According to the Secretary, Masood Abdul Khader, the KMM has now drafted its Constitution and is in the process of setting up an organisational structure. He said that the KMM had so far been working for the consolidation of votes in favour of secular and development-oriented candidates and political parties after assessing varied factors operating at the constituency level. It has chalked out a programme of monitoring political changes in the state, keeping an eye over legislation and administration. It also aims at identifying young and potential leaders and arrange for their political education.
The meeting of the KMM held in MES High School in Mysore on November 18 was largely attended. The participants were unanimous that the three BJP MLAs from the city and the BJP MP representing the Mysore Lok Sabha constituency were actively wooing the Muslims in the city. Prof. Abdus Subhan, former member of Karnataka Minorities Commission said that the BJP elected representatives had visited the Muslim dominated slums in the city and had organised developmental work like laying of road, water supply and sewerage and had even arranged for ration cards. Several other Muslim social workers who are involved in slum upliftment work also endorsed this viewpoint. The participants also pointed out that the BJP representatives, who were former Congressmen, were trying to woe Muslims and by assuring them of their development, which was ignored by the Muslim leaders elected from Mysore earlier. Without naming, they pointed out that a former Muslim minister from the city merely exploited Muslim sentiments and presided over their ruinous destiny for decades together without delivering the goods.
In Sira, 120 kilometres north of Bangalore, the local representatives suggested that the Muslims of Karnataka should now en masse vote for a particular party rather than the past policy of choosing candidates, constituency-wise. The meeting was attended by Haji Qasim, Chief Promoter Salamat Credit Society: Rafeeq Ahmed, Maulana Basheer Ahmed, ex Municipal President Mohammad Habeeb, Faiyaz Ahmed and Md. Gulab. Masood Abdul Khader told the participants that a sleeping nation could be awakened but not the one that pretended to sleep. He referred to changes being mooted in school curriculum and the Muslim Personal Law. He said that the umblical cord of all these problems goes back to political structure where Muslims must assert themselves. Election analyst, Sayeedur Rahman pointed out that while 12 per cent Muslims in Karnataka could send just one representative to Lok Sabha in 1998 general elections, the 12 per cent Vokkaligas had five MPs and 17 per cent Lingayaths had 10 MPs from their communities. (Karnataka has 28 seats in Lok Sabha.) He said this disproportionate representation directly reflected the level of awareness and participation and assertiveness of the different social groups. Hafiz Shamsul Huda wanted the Muslims to shed the habit of waking up during emergencies and demanding quick results. He said only sustained efforts over decades would result in overall development and assertion by the community. He cited the example of several movements and organisations that had worked for over 70 years to reach to a position from where they could foist their agenda on the nation. He said though Muslims did not harbour that ambition, but the minimum political participation would need consistent efforts.
In an earlier visit to Kolar during October, the KMM delegation exchanged views with Md. Nissar, ex MLA, and Md. Iqbal, secretary of the Anjuman Islam. During its visit to Tumkur, local representatives Arif Matheen, Khalid Baig, Mukarram Sayeed and several others stressed the need to set up a mechanism to communicate with the masses at the grassroot level. They said that various media might be utilised to spread the message of political awareness to the common man in order to activate him at the time of need and emergency.
In Hiriyur, a town in Tumkur district, the local organisation of youth, Tanzeem Ilahi was of opinion that the Muslims faced the basic problems such as issue of ration cards, registration of their names in voters' list etc. It was pointed out that the six youths from the Tanzeem cleared the prelims of the Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) this year but lacked the proper guidance, distance coaching facilities and lessons in order to prepare for the finals.
By A. Staff Writer
NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah charged successive Central Government of manipulating census figures to show lesser number of Muslims in India. He also charged the governments of indulging in wide-spread discrimination against Muslims for over past 50 years.
Dr. Abdullah made observations while inaugurating Muslim Parliamentarians’ Meet in New Delhi. The meet deliberated upon the declining representation of Muslims in the legislatures. Confirming the widespread belief which put Muslim population at 20 crores in the country, he said that he was stating this fact as a “sensible and responsible Chief Minister”.
“Muslims must not be less than 20 crores and I do not believe in official figures which are manipulated to show lesser number in order to meet political ends,” Dr. Abdullah told the confounded audience.
Continuing his observations, Dr. Abdullah said, “Indian Muslims have not been able to raise their demands for the fear of being dubbed as Pakistanis and anti-nationals”. He cautioned that if Muslims were not treated justly, their anger might result into an all out struggle, fraught with several unforeseen consequences.
He further charged the “secular” parties of using Muslims for furthering their political ends and discarding them as “tissue papers” afterwards. He advised the political parties to give due representation to Muslims while selecting their candidates in a manner which ensures their success in the electoral battles.
Dr. Abdullah called upon the Muslims to rise above their petty political interests and unitedly fight to get their due share. He lamented the current state of Muslim leadership has abdicated its role to provide leadership to the masses and has instead content in playing the role of ‘darbaris’ in the political system.
Chief Minister, also called upon Indian Muslim leaders to impress upon Pakistan to stop aiding militants in Jammu and Kashmir as the same had adverse repercussions elsewhere against the interest of Indian Muslim community as a whole.
Dr. Abdullah recounted abysmally low representation of Muslims in legislature, bureaucracy and other sectors and said that such a situation had become an argument in the hands of Kashmiri separatists. “And he has no answer to it”, he admitted.
The Meet was organised by Syed Shahabuddin, former Member of Parliament, Zafar Saifullah, former Union Cabinet Secretary, Syed Hamid, former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and Justice V. Khalid on October 31.
Former Cabinet Secretary Zafar Saifullah said; “Muslims feel physically insecure, face economic deprivation with disproportionately and persistently low share in public and private employment of the fruits of development and welfare benefits, resulting in educational backwardness and social marginalisation.” He said that the community had been often targeted with suspicion and distrust. “Muslim habitats,” he said, “receive poor attention.” Moreover, “they feel apprehensive of the march of Hindu nationalism whose objectives is religious assimilation and cultural submergence.”
Muslim intellectual and former MP, Syed Shahabuddin said, “while the Muslim population has steadily increased from about 10 per cent to 13 per cent in 1991, their proportion in the Lok Sabha has averaged 5.5 per cent.” He demanded the presence of Muslims in the party structure and specially at the policy-making levels such as national executive, the parliamentary board and among the office bearers. He suggested political parties to adopt sensitivity to matters of Muslim concern, not only in party manifestation but in day-to-day developments.
Mr. Shahabuddin concluded that under-representation of Muslims in legislatures had reached a level of felt deprivation. He described it not just a Muslim concern but a problem of national importance which demanded very serious consideration, on a priority basis by all the secular parties so that their collective wisdom translates itself into a national consensus on urgent remedial action to ensure due representation in the legislatures for the second largest community in the country.
By Andalib Akhter
NEW DELHI : The convenor of Babri Masjid Co-ordination Committee (BMCC) and former member of parliament, Syed Shahabuddin has said that Muslims in Ayodhya are living under the shadow of fear. He said that they were harassed, socially boycotted and forced to leave the town by the facist forces here.
Talking to Islamic Voice after his return from Ayodhya, Shahabuddin said "with the sixth anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid coming closer, the Muslims are frightened. They are threatened to leave Ayodhya".
In Ayodhya, the historical Babri Masjid was demolished six years ago on December 6, 1992 by Hindu fanatics.
Ayodhya Muslims informed Shahabuddin that local Hindus said to them that just as non-Muslims were not allowed to settle in "Makkah', non-Hindus should not be allowed to stay in Ayodhya.
He said that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu Militant Organisation, was trying to start the construction work of Ram Temple in Ayodhya coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid.
The Muslim leader said that by erecting stone pillars at the platform in the eastern portion of Babri Masjid, the VHP had already formalised the construction of Ram temple.
Shahabuddin has also written a letter to the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in this connection. In his letter he has urged the Prime Minister to check these 'mischievous' elements. "The wounds inflicted on Muslims after the demolition of Masjid should not be opened up".
In another development the Municipal Corporation of Ayodhya has banned the burial of Muslim dead bodies in their graveyards. There are 13 Muslim graveyards and 12 Mosques in Ayodhya.
"The Issue of graveyards was also brought to the notice of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalyan Singh". The BMCC convenor said.
By A Staff Writer
BANGALORE: Noted Qur'an exegesist Maulana Abdul Karim Parekh has urged the ulema and Muslims to allow women to pray in the mosques and make separate arrangements for their seating and wuzu (ablution). Maulana Parekh was inaugurating the newly constructed mosque on the Al-Ameen College campus near the famous Lal Bagh gardens in the heart of Bangalore on November 15, this year. Parekh said the Ulema should not oppose what Allah had permitted. He said the step would allow Muslim women to mingle with each other, nurture Islamic spirit and integrate with the Muslim society.
The newly constructed Masjidun Noor is a miniature replica of the mosque on the Jeddah's Courniche and has a capacity for accommodating 500 namazis. The construction of the two storeyed mosque was funded by Mr. Irfan Razack, Secretary of the Al-Ameen Education Society and Director of the Prestige Builders.
Maulana Parekh asked the Muslims to keep some part of the mosque all through the day and facilitate prayers for everyone who wished to seek entry. He said that Muslims must ensure excellent arrangements for women's chambers, water, wuzu, toilets etc. in the mosques in order to see that mosques were not abandoned by people. Mufti Ashraf Ali of the Sabeelur Rashad also spoke on the occasion. Campus Director Mr M. A. Ataulla highlighted the audience to the salient features of the project. "The mosque overlooks the beautifully landscaped Al-Ameen College campus."
By A Staff Writer
BANGALORE: The Bangalore Mercantile Cooperative Bank was inaugurated here on November 25 with an authorised share capital of Rs. One crore. Among the directors of the new bank are a group of Muslim businessmen and social workers and actively backed by a string of government officers. According to Bank Chairman Syed Amanullah, Rs 60 lakhs have already been raised since the bank was sanctioned by the Reserve Bank of India on October 8.
The Bank aims at raising deposits of Rs. 15 crore by next June. Forty per cent of the shares are being allotted to women. Former minister Mr. Azeez Sait who inaugurated the bank amidst a large gathering said the Muslims must concentrate on making themselves self-reliant.
Dr Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, Founder of the Al-Ameen Education Society, who presided over the function, said Muslims of Bangalore have grown confident of running big organisations. He said that the community should also learn to help other disadvantageous groups of the society while striving for its own economic betterment. He was optimistic that the second Muslim-run bank in Bangalore would come to the rescue of those who are in dire need of finances. He said that the first bank, the Amanath Cooperative Bank, had laid down the rule that no one holding shares in it would be eligible to hold share in any other bank. He said that, that was to eliminate the possibility of people securing loans from multiple sources. Dr Khan expressed his best wishes for the success of the bank. The proceedings began with the recital of the Qur'an. Minister of State for Home Mr.R. Roshan Baig also spoke on the occasion.
The bank is located in Bangalore Cantonment Upmarket area of Dispensary Road. Two of the seven directors are women.
BHATKAL : 'The Media should play its role in a fair and unbiased manner', asserted L.K.Ateeq, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Karwar. He was speaking as a Chief Guest at the valedictory function of the "Journalism Workshop" held under the auspices of Majlis-e-Islah-O-Tanzeem, Bhatkal and Maadyaama Kendra, Mangalore convened here recently. He further said that Journalists should desist from yellow journalism which had become a trend in recent years. Another guest of honour Sadatullah khan, Editor of Islamic Voice said that the elders of the community should provide opportunities to the youngsters so that their talents could be properly tapped. While complementing the organisers for organising such a highly successful workshop he said that such workshops should be annually held.
Presiding over the function S.M. Barmavar exhorted the students to utilise the knowledge gained by them in the workshop in a better way. Aftab H. Kola, Editor, The 'Bhatkal Times' and also the organising secretary of the workshop organising committee while presenting the report said that the 10 day workshop held in November attracted 45 students who were trained in different aspects of journalism by prominent resource persons who came from Bangalore and Mysore Universities. Puttige Salam, Director, Madhyama Kendra, Mangalore and the chief resource person also spoke. Yahya Javeed Batin introduced the Tanzeem. Dr. Hanif Shabab, Secretary, Tanzeem, conducted the proceedings and Abdulla Lanka proposed a vote of thanks.
The workshop was earlier inaugurated by M. Zafari, Additional District Magistrate and Dr. C. Habib, Director, Unity Hospital, Mangalore.
BANGALORE: The Government of Karnataka has constituted a 61-member committee to observe the bicentenary of Tippu Sultan's martyrdom on May 4, 1999. Minister of State for Home R. Roshan Baig is the chairman of the committee while Minister for Kannada and Culture, Ms. Leela Devi R Prasad is the deputy chairman. Among the members are former minister Aziz Sait, Irrigation minister Nage Gowda, Small Industries minister B. A. Mohideen, Revenue Minister Somashekhar, Rahman Khan MP, Al-Ameen Education Society founder Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, Mufti Ashraf Ali of Sabeel'ur Rashad, former vice chancellor of Mangalore and Goa universities Dr. Sheik Ali, Karnatak University vice chancellor A. R. Pathan, vice chairman of Tippu Sultan Waqf Estate Noorullah Shariff, Aboobakar Sait of Janata Dal, and several Muslim MLAs and MLCs.
Tippu Sultan fell martyr while fighting the fourth Mysore War against the invading British forces on May 4, 1897 at Srirangapatnam, the then capital of Mysore, 125 kilometres south of Bangalore. His death paved the way for the eliminating of the last remnants of challenge for the British forces who went on colonising India.