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Rajab 1422
October 2001
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DAVP Advertisement: Only Muslims are Terrorists
Vakkom Complex Opened
Compendium on Islamic Laws Released
City Square Named After Mehkri
'Minorities do not Benefit from SFS Colleges'
Indo-Arab Cultural Centre Opened
AMU's Wildlife Projects
3 Teams Tie in Sualihat Quiz Contest
105 Urdu Computer Centres
Scheme for Unani Doctors
Young Muslim Scientist Award
Protest over Book on Shivaji
Haj House in Jaipur
Essay Competition
Takes Over
People

DAVP Advertisement

Only Muslims are Terrorists

Andalib Akhtar

New Delhi: Even as some members of the union cabinet keep the refrain that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and terrorism has no religion, the BJP led NDA government’s actions show that efforts are on to keep focusing on perceived links between terrorism and Muslims. It is evident from some of the action by the Union Government.

It was indeed fine on the part of the union minister Parmod Mahajan to say that Islam had nothing to do with terrorism and the religion does not preach violence while briefing the media soon after the terrorist attacks on September 11 in New York and Washington D.C.

Again the External Affairs minister Jaswant Singh while responding to Pakistan president Musharraf’s address to the nations in which he accused India as the enemy of Islam, said the noble faith of Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and the number of the followers of Islam in India far exceeded in those in Pakistan.

However last week, the government owned DAVP, a wing of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry published a full-page advertisement in many newspapers all over the country showing the photographs of the Sikh victims of terrorism in Kashmir, the hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft at Kandahar in Afghanistan, the serial bomb blast in Mumbai and the burning towers of the World Trade Center. The advertisement indicates that India has been suffering from terrorism from a long time. What is significant about the advertisement is that it depicted only those acts of terror and violence where the hands of the Kashmiri separatists is suspected. This conveys an impression that there is a subtle and sinister attempt to link terrorism with Islam and to this extent the content of the advertisement makes the government’s intent plain.

The government’s intention would perhaps not have been questioned if the advertisement had also depicted the terrorist attacks that killed a serving prime minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and a former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and also the demolition of Babri Masjid and the virtual pogrom against the Muslims in Mumbai and other cities of the country in the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

What it conveys is that terrorism is mainly the handiwork of gun-brandishing Muslim militants. It conveniently forgets that the newspapers all across the country splashed the photographs of Bajrang Dal volunteers engaged in target practising with guns. Perhaps inclusion of a few news-clippings of the Bajrang Dal’s claims that one lakh trishuls were being distributed among their members ostensibly for use against their enemies or when the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sets a deadline for the construction of a temple at the site of the Babri Masjid, irrespective of what the courts decide, or when Dara Singh and company burn alive the Australian missionary, Graham Staines and his minor children in the jungle of Orissa, would have given the advertisement a modicum of balance and even-handedness.

Even as the world was exercised over the events in the US, the VHP leader Ashok Singhal’s 75th birthday celebrations in Hubli in Karnatka caused riots killing four persons. And in Delhi almost the entire cabinet finds time to watch a full – length feature film on Veer Savakar, the father of Hindutva, whose writings form the bedrock of the current campaign of calumny against the minorities. The film was funded by those close to the Sangh parivar.

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Vakkom Complex Opened

Kayamkulam Yoonus

Vakkom ComplexThiruvananthapuram: At last the dream has come true! The dream of establishing a research centre in memory of one of the most illustrious sons of Kerala, Vakkom Abdul Khadir Moulavi has been realized with the inauguration of Vakkom Moulavi Foundation building in Trivandrum. Justice (Retd.) Fathima Beevi, the former Governor of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the complex in a recently held function.

The 3-storey complex has several conference halls, seminar rooms, research units and reprographic services. The project was completed with the financial assistance from K. M. Basheer, the founder trustee and an officer of the Indian Statistical Service who held several positions in the central government and International Labour Organisation.

The Foundation has been established by a group of intellectuals. Dr N. A. Karim, former Pro- Vice Chancellor, Kerala University heads the team. Dr. Sajida Basheer (Chairperson of the Foundation) and M. A. Azeem (Director) are other important functionaries.

Vakkom Moulavi, as he is popularly known, was born in Vakkom village in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, in Chiryinkil Taluk, in 1873. He was a towering personality in the fields of journalism, social reform, religious thinking, literary contribution etc. He created quite a few ripples in the history of journalism in Kerala and in the reform movement of Kerala society with special emphasis on Muslim Society.

Vakkom Moulavi is best known for his newspaper, Swadeshabhimani (Patriot) which he founded in January 1905. It was initially based at Anjengo, a place near his native village, which was then directly ruled by British East India Company. The publication of the paper was later shifted to Trivandrum, the capital of Travancore. Though the newspaper was progressive in all respects, it attracted the wrath of the then Dewan Sir C. P. Ramaswamy Iyer. His editor Ramakrishna Pillai (known as Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishn Pillai) was extradited and the press confiscated on September 26, 1910. Being Managing Editor of the paper, he had put all that he had into it and allowed free hand to the editors for leading the fight against all kinds of evils in the society. Incidentally, his newspaper was the first in Malayalam language which had a tie-up with Reuters for international news.

While marching ahead with Swadeshabhimani, Moulavi did not forget the relevance of publications for religious reform. He was very much influenced by all the happenings across the world. The teaching of Ibne Thaimiyya, Mohammad Bin Abdul Wahab, Shah Waliyullah Dehlavi, Syed Jamaluddin Afghani, Syed Rasheed Rida, and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had already made impact on his personality. With this background, he had started publication of a Journal, viz, Muslim for the sole purpose of propagating true Islamic concepts among Muslims. In 1916, he started another periodical, called Al Islam. It was in Malayalam language written in Arabic Script. This method was adopted to penetrate among common people in the community as most of them were not literate in Malayalam script, but familiar to Arabic-Malayalam Script by hereditary religious education. In his later years, he has founded another magazine called Deepika. The purpose behind all these publications was to eradicate the unhealthy practices that had come to exist within the Muslim Community.

Vakkom Moulavi also took great effort in building up unity among Muslims. He was instrumental in the formation of Chirayinkil Taluk Muslim Samajam and Travancore Muslim Maha Jana Sabha. His activities were further instrumental in the establishment of Muslim Ikya Sangham, a united Muslim forum for all the Muslims of the then Travancore, Cochin and Malabar regions. Lajanthual Mohammadiyya Association of Alappuzha, Dharma Bhoshini Sabha of Kollam etc. were also guided by his activities. Several Madrassas and schools were established under his guidance.

Moulavi authored many books. While Imam Ghazali’s Keemiya-e- Saadat, Ahlu Sunnathuwal Jammath, Islamic Sandesam were translations, Daussabah and Islam Matha Sidantha Samgraham were his original works. He breathed his last in November 1932.

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Compendium on Islamic Laws Released

Compendium on Islamic LawsNew Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has released the Compendium of Islamic Laws in English and Urdu. It is seen as a vital tool in the application of Muslim Personal Law in the Indian courts. It has five parts dividied into 440 sections. The Compendium was originally compiled in Urdu and is titled Qaneen e Islami while it was translated into English by jurist Prof. Tahir Mahmood. Both were released simultaneously. The first draft of the Compendium was prepared by Mufti Zafiruddin of Darul Uloom, Deoband. Later a board of five leading jurists headed Maulana Mujahidul Islam Qasimi finalized it.

The Compendium deals with aspects of Muslim Personal Law from the Hanafi school perspective, such as marriage, divorce, guardianship, custody of children, maintenance, gifts, wills, inheritance and waqfs etc. Priced at Rs. 70, it can be had from: The Muslim Personal Law Board, 76A/1, Okhla Main Market, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025, Phone: 011-6322991.

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City Square Named After Mehkri

Above: Enayathulla Mehkri (thrid fro left) with Madras Governor Sr. John Hope at the naming of the Square in 1937. Below Left: Mehkri Square after construction of subway in August 2001. Right: Grand son Abid Mehkri at the new look Suare.

By A Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Selfless service never goes unrecognised. The Bangalore City Corporation has honoured the city philanthropist of yore Enayatullah Mehkri by naming the the busy traffic intersection and public square after him. Though a traffic circle existed there in Mehkri’s name even earlier, the City Corporation retained his name even for the expanded and renovated public square that has taken a new look after the traffic interesection was converted into a subway greatly easing the traffic exiting the city.

Enayatullah Mehkri was a military contractor and a philanthropist of Bangalore during 30s when Bangalore was a small town. The bullock carts approaching the city from the northern areas used to face a steep gradient. Loaded as they were with bricks and stone slabs, the hapless animals often broke their legs. Moved at the plight, Mehkri funded the levelling of the road at his own account. He spent Rs. 10,000 from his pocket to make the road gently sloping in order that the bullock carts could traverse them with ease. The sum was a huge amount in those days. This could have enabled him to buy 10 beautiful bungalows in those times in the erstwhile city known as Pensioners’ paradise.

This selfless service by Enayatullah Mehkri was brought to the notice of the kind Maharaja of Mysore Krishnaraja Wodeyar though his Dewan (prime minister) Sir Mirza Ismail. Maharaja immediately requested Mehkri to accept the equal amount from his treasury as it was the government’s duty to attend to the people’s woes. But Mehkri refused to accept the payment. The Maharaja however ordered the public work contractors to be paid 30 per cent more than the contracted expenses from the public treasury.

It was in 1937 that the Maharaja ordered the place to be named as M. Enayatullah Mehkri Circle in recognition of the noble deed of a private citizen. Sixtyfour years later, the city has grown miles beyond the square and the busy traffic intersection has been rechristened as Enayatullah Mehkri Square. Located at the intersection of the two busy highways, namely, roads to Bellary and Pune, a beautiful subway was constructed here during the last eight months. Karnataka Chief Minister S. M. Krishna inaugurated the subway with grade separators. New plaques, tall light columns and several flower bedecked traffic islands have also been added.

According to Abid Mehkri, grandson of Enayatullah Mehkri, his grandfather was later elected a municipal councillor and was still later appointed municipal commissioner in recognition of his services. A freedom fighter, he was incarcerated for six months and spent the time in the company of Rajagopal Achari and Periyar Ramaswamy. Abid was instrumental in reminding the Bangaloreans of the debt the city owed to his selfless ancestor who died only in 1990. The Bangalore Mahanagar Mahapalike (Bangalore Munical Corporation) was magnanimous enough to accept the claim of the family and placed it on record even on the eve of inauguration.

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'Minorities do not Benefit from SFS Colleges'

Hyderabad: The self-financing professional colleges run by the minorities do not benefit minorities as seats are taken away by financially more competent non-minority candidates. The Andhra Pradesh Minorities Education Rights Protection Committee, which is fighting against these irregularities says that the management of minority educational institutions were demanding lakhs of rupees as donation fee for admissions in professionalcourses like MBA, MCA, BE and MBBS. “The meritorious and qualified minority students are being denied admissions if they are unable to pay the money. Such students even do not get the admission forms. Such seats are going to the non minority students who pay the donation”, said Mr. Md. Faseehuddin , the convenor of the committee who has been fighting for the cause of the minority students for past several years.

In an attempt to take up the issue in the state assembly, he drew the attention of the leader of the opposition Dr. Y. S. Rajashekhar Reddy. He said that after earlier protests, the government had decided that the government authorities themselves will issue the admission forms of these colleges but later the management exerted pressure on the government and got this decision changed. The irregularities were continuing despite the AP High Court’s order in February last to the government to regulate and bring uniformity to the admissions in MCA course of the minority educational institutions.

“Except a couple of colleges like Sultanul Uloom groups of Institutions, all other colleges are indulging in these irregularities”, he said.

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Indo-Arab Cultural Centre Opened

Indo-Arab Cultural Centre

Hyderabad: Indo Arab Cultural and Research Center, which will provide guidance and teach Arabic to the job seekers in the Arab countries, was inaugurated by the governor of Andhra Pradesh Nadu Dr. C. Rangarajan. The Governor called for strengthening the Indo-Arab relations as India imported oil worth $7 billion from West Asia (1999-2000 figures). The 2.5 million Indians working in the Arab countries were another important link between India and Arab countries, he said.

Prof. Ali Mohammed Khusro, economist, lauded the setting up of Center and hoped that it will play an effective role at the non governmental level in the promotion of Indo-Arab ties.

Minhaj Ahmad Khan of the center said that the center will teach Arabic to the people going to the Arab countries on employment.

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AMU's Wildlife Projects

Aligarh: The Wildlife Sciences Department of the Aligarh Muslim University will conduct studies on tigers and leopards. Three study projects of the department have received a grant of Rs. three million from international research foundations in this regard. The first among them is to fix radiocollars on the roaming leopards in the Gir forest of Gujarat and monitor their movements, eating and mating habits. Another project relates to study of shrinking of habitats of tigers in the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttar Pradesh where increasing collision between humans and tigers has threatened the survival of the most magnificent cats.

The study will figure out the reasons for danger to the tigers. It will also conduct more scientific census of the tigers by camera trapping method. So far the census was conducted by pugmarks of the tigers which left room for discrepancies. Previously Bangalore based wildlife expert Ullas Karanth had conducted census through camera trapping method in Mudumalai sanctuary. Prof. Jamal Ahmed Khan will conduct these studies.

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3 Teams Tie in Sualihat Quiz Contest

Bangalore: The Islamic quiz contest by Bazme Sualihat for girls saw a tie between teams from Mount Carmel College, Maharani’s College and Abbas Khan Girls College here on September 22. The prize of Rs. 10,000 was therefore equally shared by nine girls of the three teams that reached the finals after a tough four-week contest. A total of 15 team participated in the contest. In the Qiraat contest, Juveria and Sameena from Madrasae Zainab were adjudged the first and second winners while the third prize was shared by Raseena of Wisdom International School and Shaista from Fatima High School. The final day contest was presided over by Ms. Sughra Begum, principal of Fatima Training School for Women.

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105 Urdu Computer Centres

Hyderabad: The government of India is taking steps to link Urdu language with employment, Ms. Bela Bannerji, the joint secretary, Human Resources Development Ministry said. Addressing a meeting in Hyderabad she said so far 105 computer centers were set up with the purpose of promoting the language and linking it with employment. The central government has also spent Rs 1.5 crore under the the Madarsa educational scheme of the National Council of promotion of Urdu.

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Scheme for Unani Doctors

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Minorities Financial Corporation (APMFC) is planning to introduce a special scheme to help the unemployed Unani doctors. The managing director of the Corporation Quader Ali Khan said that the scheme will be sent to the National Minorities Development Corporation for its clearance. He said the corporation was ready to extend any assistance to the Unani Doctors and Unani Pharmacists to promote their profession. Addressing a meeting of the Unani doctors and the Pharmacists organised by the All India Unani Tibbi Conference in Hyderabad he urged the Unani doctors to specialise in their field.

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Young Muslim Scientist Award

Aligarh: Dr. Gufran Ullah Beig of Pune and Dr. G. M. Bhat of Jammu have been awarded the ‘The Young Muslim Scientist Award’ for 1999 in physical sciences. The Award instituted by Muslim Association for the Advancement of Science (MAAS), Aligarh is given annually and carries Rs. 20,000, a citation and certificate. Beig is senior scientist at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune while Bhat teaches Geology in Jammu University.

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Protest over Book on Shivaji

Mumbai: Shiv Sainiks in Mumbai have protested over a Handbook authored by writer Teesta Setalvad wherein Shivaji has been described as “shudra”. The Handbook forms part of the non-detailed text for additional reading in History subject and has been prepared for students from third standard to sixth standard. Author Teesta Setalvad edits the monthly magazine Communalism Combat.

Sainiks said, “It was not important whether Shivaji was a Shudra or Brahmin. What is important is that he ruled Maharashtra ably.

According to Urdu Daily Inquilab, Ms. Setalvad said it was a fact that Shivaji was a shudra and this fact discomfited the prejudiced Brahmins’. She said she had not altered the facts anywhere and all of them were well documented. Don Bosco School in Borivili in the city had withdrawn the book following a protest by a local morcha of Shiv Sena.

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Haj House in Jaipur

Jaipur: Rajasthan will soon have a Haj House here. The Government is looking for an appropriate site for the building even as the Central Haj Committee has agreed to contribute 20 per cent of the amount to be spent on the construction of the proposed Haj House.

The Chairman of the Central Haj Committee, Mr. Tanvir Ahmed, met the Chief Minister, Mr. Ashok Gehlot, here recently to discuss various aspects of the construction of Haj House.

The Haj House is proposed to be constructed at a cost of Rs. Five crores. According to the sources, the State Haj Committee has already secured a fixed deposit of Rs. 25 lakhs for the purpose. Ahmed has reportedly stated that the Central Haj Committee would provide the facility of direct international flights from Jaipur to Jeddah for the Haj pilgrims from Rajasthan after the construction of the 9,000-feet-long runway at the Sanganer Airport, near Jaipur, was completed. Rajasthan sends over 2,000 pilgrims for Haj every year who take the flight from Delhi.

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Essay Competition

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is organisaing an essay competititon in the memory of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The competition is open for people less than 30 years. Topics will be following: Hindi-Vibhinn sampradaya aur rasthravad, Urdu-Insaniyat aur junubi Asia ki Tehzeeb and English - Dialogue among civilisations: A way to international peace and understanding. There will be three prizes in each languague carrying Rs. 25000, Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 15,000. The essay should not exceed 5,000 words and reach the office before October 31, 2001. Further details can be had from: NPA Section, Indian council for Cultural Relations, Azad Bhawan, I. P. Estate, New Delhi-110002. Tel. 011-3370794, 3379309, extn. 277, Fax no. 3378639.

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Takes Over

Sulaiman Yusuf Talkhani took over as the chairman of Karnataka Miniority Development Corporation on September 28th. An advocate, Talkhani played an active role in development of Bhatkal Urban Co-operative Bank and Urban Co-operative Society in North Canara dist. He succeed Syed Saifulla who demitted office two years ago. Talkhani has been a Congressman for the last 13 years.

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People

Appointed: Justice B. N. Srikrishna, author of the famous Srikrishna Commission Report on communal violence in Mumbai following demolition of the Babri Masjid, had been appointed the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court. Known for a thorough dissection of the events and an elaborate probe, the Report has become the test case for judging the impartiality of the powers-that-be. Much reviled by the Shiv Sena for its indictment, the Report has stood out as the most outstanding work of identifying the culprits of a holocaust in India’s premier city. Justice Srikrishna took upon himself a stupendous job of examining witnesses in their thousands, visiting slums affected by riots and absorbing even the most disparaging language from the counsels of the perpetrators of the violence. He even learnt Urdu to go into the veracity of charges of that Mumbai’s Urdu press was equally responsible for triggering violence. He has reportedly compiled his autobiography which must pull out a lot of skeletons from various cupboards. However it will have to wait 20 months after which the renowned judge will be bidding goodbye to the portals of justice in Kochi. Such had been the damning indictment of the Administration that Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra has found it impossible to ignore despite intense pressure within its ranks.


Nafeesath BeeviHonoured: A. Nafeesath Beevi, 77, the former Deputy Speaker of Kerala Assembly has been conferred with the ‘Sahrudaya Vedi’ Award instituted by Thrissur based apex body of social organizations. The award was presented in a function by health minister P. Sankaran at Thrussur. Mrs. Beevi started her career as an advocate and entered politics 50 years ago and held various positions in the Indian National Congress. Se is currently a senior member of the Women’s Commission in Government of Kerala.


Takes over: Dr. Qamarunnisa Begum has taken over as the new head of the department of Arabic in Osmania University, Hyderabad for a 2-year tenure on retirement of Prof. Md. Abdul Majeed Nizami. Earlier she was the Chairman of the Board of Studies of Osmania University. Prof. Md. Mustafa Shareef is the new chairman of the Board of Studies.


Honoured: Shafi Sheikh, Reader and Head of Department of Arabic, Mumbai University, has been given the ‘Award of the Certificate of Honour by the President of India’ for promoting classical languages.

Sheikh compared the Indian educational system, to that of other countries that he visited. He said, “Even in Asian countries like Iran and Iraq, a lot of money is put into education. They have language laboratories, and watch Arabic films for studying it. In the US, a person learning Arabic has to spend six months in Arab countries.” Taking a cue from these universities Sheikh has introduced the use of tape recorders and projectors to teach Arabic. The professor has been teaching Arabic for the past 31 years, and has written books on Arabic and Urdu. The award includes a certificate of honour, signed by, and having a seal of the Indian President, and Rs 50,000 yearly for life.


Srinagar: Mr. Farooq Ahmed Raja, the leading newsagent in Srinagar died on September 12. He had been injured in an accident 10 days ago. Besides Islamic Voice, Raja’s Abdullah News Agency was sole distributor for leading national and international magazines in the Valley. Abdullah’s agency had earned the trust and a name for itself due to its fair dealings within a span of a few years. May Allah bestow his forgiveness on the departed soul. Ameen! Islamic Voice condoles the death. His widow Ruksana Farooq has taken over the stewardship of the agency.

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