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OCTOBER 1999

MONTHLY    *    Vol 13-10 No:154    *   OCTOBER 1999/ RAJAB 1419H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

READER'S COMMENTS


Help for Indian Muslims!
No representation of Muslims!
Appeal
Appeal
Yeoman service by Kashmiri students


Help for Indian Muslims!

Sir, I came across ‘The Islamic Voice’ on the Web and was very happy to learn about the yeoman service you are doing to the Muslim world. I am an architect working for the United Nations in Paris, France. I request you to publish in your paper that I can offer any help to Indian Muslims whether it is employment, higher education in Europe, financial assistance from international organisations, job opportunities at the United Nations, business enquiries or any other help from Europe because I have uninterrupted access to all Europe and would like to use it to help the needy and genuine Muslims. Please note that this service is free of cost only for Muslims from India. I thank you very much for your attention in this matter and look forward to hear from you, Asif Iqbal, Chez Paul Rizzo, 28, Rue Danton, 94280 Kremlin Bicetre,

Paris, France Tel. 0033688623377
email - undp6374@email.com


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No representation of Muslims!

Sir, Neither in the current election nor in any of the previous elections in India, Indian Muslims have achieved adequate representation in the parliament. In these years, the number of Muslims elected to the lower house of the parliament, Lok Sabha, with the solitary exception of 1984, has remained at 30 or less, or 5.5 percent, whereas Muslims form 13 per cent of the population. This deprivation exists despite the fact that there are at least 70 parliamentary constituencies where Muslim population ranges between 20 per cent and 66 per cent. Indian Muslims do not have a political platform or party of their own. In contrast, other minorities like Sikhs, Dalits, upper castes Hindus and OBCs have their own political parties, that are strong in the regions where they have significant population concentrations like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu. Politically active Muslims are generally in the mainstream 'secular' parties. However, these parties have been reluctant to nominate Muslims as their candidates even in Muslim concentration constituencies. All this translates into a terrible deprivation and marginalising of Muslims in India's political system. Can the Indian democracy pride itself as a successful democracy if the biggest minority continues to remain un-represented?

Kaleem Khwaja on e-mail from Washington, DC.

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Appeal

My niece Arisha who is 3 1/2 years old is mentally retarded. Any person having nay information about the doctors, special hospital or school present in India for these special children, please share their information with me or in any other way if they can help the child, contact me. I will be grateful to you.

e-mail no: a_ahmad100@hotmail.com C/o Mr. Arshad Ahmad, No:51, Near Poultary Farm, RAU, Pusa-848125 (Bihar), Phone.No:06274-74520.

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Appeal

I am studying in second year B.E. electronics and communication Engg. in J.J. College of Engg. Trichy-9, T.N. and facing financial constraints to continue my studies. I request your readers to support me financially to pay the college fees.

S. Asmath Banu, B-88, Periyar Road, Deeran Nagar, Trichy-620009. (T.N)

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Yeoman service by Kashmiri students

Sir, Kindly refer to the article "Yeoman Service by Kashmiri Students" by Arjimand Hussain Talib in the September issue of the I.V. Instead of putting the Foundation's e-mail address in the end, By mistake, some other e-mail address has appeared. Kindly set the record strait by publishing this letter and the e-mail address of United Mission Foundation (Kashmiri). unf-kashmir@usa.net, Owais Masoodi, United Mission Foundation (Kashmir)

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