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JULY 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-07 No:163    *   JULY 2000 / RABI-UL-THANI 1421H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


U.P. Govt. Targets Urdu Academy
Panbari Masjid in Ruins
'HIRA Centre' Opened
Shaikh Medical College to Harvest Rainwater
Agriculture Scholarships
15 Muslims among 411 Finalists
People...

U.P. Govt. Targets Urdu Academy

Obaid Nasir

Lucknow: The BJP govt. in Uttar Pradesh may be an utter failure, on all fronts, but so far as the matter of doing away with the departments related with the welfare and development of minorities is concerened it is very successfully administering them the slow poison. State minorities commission,Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad Academy and Urdu Academy is its latest victim. Legislators belonging to the allies of the BJP are busy boosting their fortunes,while those in opposition are hopelessly watching the situation.They sometimes just issue strongly worded statements or indulge in half hearted protests.

UP Urdu Academy established in 70s when Pundit Kamlapati Tripathi was the Chief Minister. Though political interference in the Academy’s working was a constant affair, it became a threat during second term of BJP rule when Ms. Sheema Rizvi a young lecturer of Lucknow University, was appointed its chairperson, just because her father late Haji Aizaz Rizvi was a state minister and a close friend of PM Atal Behari Vajpayee. Although several books are there to her credit but in urdu circle, she is known more as a lobbyist and BJP worker than a literary figure. Earlier noted poet wali Aasi was appointed the president but was unceremoniously removed even before his joining the office.He was replaced by noted critic Dr.Shamsur Rehman Farooqi who refused the offer saying that he could not work with his hands tied over his back.

After the demise of Haji Aizaz Rizvi, Sheema Rizvi became the member of the legislative council. After sometime she became a state minister and submitted her resignation from the post of Academy’s chairperson.

From here started the BJP’s gameplan of reducing the Academy to ashes.Instead of appointing a new chairperson, minister himself took over the charge of chairman and started the conspiracy to change the constitution of the Academy. He was planning to get himself apointed as the ex -officio president of the academy and the principal secretary languages as the ex officio director general, a new post that was to be created replacing the full time secretary, to look after the day to day working of the Academy.

It was also planned to merge the academy with Hindi sansthan thus to sound the death knell for the academy. On Dec. 22 the general meeting of the academy was called to approve the changes. But a local Urdu daily exposed the designs a day before the meeting. Naturally, the meeting was stormy. Members led by Prof.Anis Ashfaq head department of Urdu, Lucknow University and Prof. Qamar Jahan of BHU opposed the proposals, resulting in the hasty retreat by the minister who left the meeting in a huff.

After about three months of this incident,the minister suddenly announced that the award committee was violating the rules of the Academy. Not only the formation of new award committee was arbitrary, the Govt. went a step further and removed Prof. Ashfaq and Prof. Jahan,who were the ex-officio members of the award committee.

They together with other 5 head of urdu departments of state and central universities viz Lucknow, Allahabad, BHU, Gorakhpur and Aligarh Muslim University formed the award committee. Later the BHU was replaced by Kashi Vidhyapeeth and Lucknow was replaced by Meerut university which is a non residential university where as the Kashi Vidhyapeeth is not even a deemed university. It may be noted that even an ordinary member is not removed in mid term what to say of ex-officio members. Adding insult to the injury, the Govt. appoinetd one Mr.Shahidullah Khan as the chairman simply because he is the general secretary of Jantantrik BSP an ally of the BJP. He is an IAS officer of Goa cadre, who left the job to contest the parliamentry elections from Bahraich on united BSP ticket. Under provision 9(1) of the academy’s constitution, the chairman should be a renowned literary figure. Mr Shahidullah Khan may be a good administrator but his literary stature is yet to be recognized.

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Panbari Masjid in Ruins

Mokhlesur Rahman

The Historic Panbari Masjid was built by Hassain Shah the Governor of Bengal about 500 years agoDhubri (Assam): The historic Panbari Masjid, an exquisite specimen of great architectural achievement of the Mughal Kingdom in the 16th century is fast losing its glory due to want of proper maintenance.

The Masjid situated on the National highway near Panbari of Dhubri district is considered to be the oldest mosque in the state of Assam. It was built by an able administrator Hussain Shah, in between 1493 and 1519 AD who was then the Governor of Bengal.

Panbari Pahar is known as the holy seat of the Muslims. The scenic beauty of the hills with its rich flora, its unique location together with the archeological importance, holds-promise of becoming an important tourist spot.

It is said that about 200 years ago, the local people of this place found this Mosque in Panbari Pahar under the thick foliage. They cleaned this place and started to offer Namaz there.

During ‘Idd’ this Mosque wears a special look. Thousands of people from different parts of the country visit this mosque. Not only the people from India but also from England and Japan visit this place. But the Assam Government is yet to take any steps to protect and develop this mosque.

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'HIRA Centre' Opened

Calicut: ‘Hira Centre’, the headquarters of Jamaat e Islami, Kerala zone was inaugurated here on June 4th by President Maulana Mohammad Sirajul Hassan. The six-storey building providing 22,000 sq.ft. space in the heart of the city will bring together various functional units of the Jamaat in Kerala. The Jamaat workers of Kerala contributed the entire money for the construction of the spacious building. The Centre will house Qur’an Study Centre, Islamic Publishing House, Ideal Relief Wing, Daawah Centre, Baituz Zakat etc. The library was opened by Madhyamam editor C.Radhakrishnan. Media Unit ‘South Vision’ was inaugurated by B.R.P. Bhaskar. Kerala zone Jamaat chief K.A.Siddiq Hassan said the Hira Centre will be a forum for cultural exchange for all people.

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Shaikh Medical College to Harvest Rainwater

By a Staff Writer

Belgaum: The Shaik Homeopathic Medical College here has commissioned the rainwater harvesting techniques for the college campus. The water collection pit was commissioned on June 21. The pit with five layers of charcoal, boulders, gravel, coir and coarse sand (in that order with charcoal at the base) would collect rainwater from the 10,000 sq. feet terrace of the building. More buildings will be included in future. City Corporation engineer A.D. Bagalkot was present at the occasion.

Chairman of the College A. A. Shaikh said water was getting scarcer and rainwater harvesting in city buildings was need of the hour to recharge city ground water resources.

Rainwater harvesting in city building can be done through a simple process of connecting terrace water outlets to a pit where it seeps into the ground slowly and stabilises the water table. Several cities in South India are making laws making it mandatory for all buildings to have rainwater harvesting pits.

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Agriculture Scholarships

Bangalore: The Dr.Zakir Hussain Foundation for Agriculture Development (ZHFAD) has urged the Muslim students to apply for agriculture and allied courses in the two Universities of agriculture in Bangalore and Dharwad. In its meeting on June 25, the Foundation decided to adopt a few villages in Karnataka to develop farming, animal husbandry and poultry on a cooperative basis. The Foundation also intends to hold a Krishi mela to arouse awareness about Government schemes for promotion of agriculture, sericulture, poultry, fish culture, etc.

The Amanath Cooperative Bank has decided to provide loan scholarships for agriculture students. The Talent Promotion Taawun Trust, Bangalore and Ashiana Scholarship Schemes have also announced scholarships for agriculture courses.

The two agriculture universities in Karnataka will issue the application form till July 20 and receive the filled-up forms till July 27. For details contact : Prof.Nazeer Ahmed Khan, 44, Park Area, 10th Cross, Wilson Garden, Bangalore-560 027. Phone: 2226907 (between 6pm to 10pm) Or Prof. M.M.Khan, Phone: 3332859

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15 Muslims among 411 Finalists

Bangalore: 15 Muslims have been recommended for posting in the top civil service positions among the 411 names finding mention in the final list issued by the Union Public Service Commission last month. The list has 127 candidates from the Other Backward Classes, 63 from the scheduled castes and 30 from the scheduled tribes. They will be posted as IAS, IFS, IPS and other central services under group A and B category. The candidates are: Syed Sabahat Azim, Ghulam Ali Ansari, Mohd. Salman Khan, Zubair Riaz Kamili, Faisal Imam, S. Anwar Hussain, Syed Abdul Rahman, Shahnawaz Qasim, Zafar Azam, Hafis Mohamed, Mohammad Israr Khan, Ghayas Uddin Ahmed, P. B. Salim, Rafique Ahmed, and K. K. Asharaf.

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Obituary

Rasheed Ahmed Siddique : President of the United Kingdom Islamic Mission Rasheed Ahmed Siddiqui died in London after a heart attack. He was 70.

Siddiqui was born in Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh and took his B.Sc. from Aligarh Muslim University. A leftist in his youth, he later joined the Jamaat e Islami and taught at a Bijnore school. He migrated to Pakistan in 1957, took his MA from Punjab University, Lahore. He went on to study Educational Psychology at London and finally settled down there. He was advisor to the British Government on Asian Immigrants between 1972 - 76. He was also connected with Muslim Aid which helps Muslim educational projects in developing countries. He is survived by his widow, a son and a daughter.

Ismail Mohammad: Chief Qazi of South Africa Ismail Mohammad died in the third week of June. A staunch freedom fighter and opponent of Apartheid rule, Muhammad was suffering from cancer of pancreas. He was 68.

Ismail Muhammad was the first black chief qazi in the country and was appointed by Nelson Mandela, President Thabo Mbeki attended the funeral.

Haj Committe Chairman: Mr. Tanveer Ahmad has been elected Chairman of the Central Haj Committee Election was unopposed. Former Assam Chief Minister Syeda Anwara Taimur and Muhammad Suhail Lokhandwala from Mumbai where elected vice chairperson. The elections were held in a meeting at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in New Delhi on June 16. The Meeting was presided over by Foreign Secretary Lalit Mansingh.

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